Last month, it was reported that an updated version of the Kia GT concept will be revealed in a few months. However, Overseas PR Manager at the company, Michael Choo, ruled out possibilities of such a concept model making it to a motorshow this year or early next year. Moreover, he said that the production of the concept is still not confirmed.
Now a new report from Auto Express, citing undisclosed official sources, confirms that the concept will go into production. The report says that Kia sources have confirmed that its launch will be delayed until 2017. Kia President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer has already signed off the design. The production version won’t look very different from the concept in terms of design, but the suicide doors will be dropped for obvious reasons.
The 4-door coupe is said to be underpinned by the same platform as the second generation RWD Hyundai Genesis. Customers will get to choose between four- and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines (including a new 2.0-litre turbocharged unit), while a more powerful V8 will power the flagship model. The V8 will attract European and North American buyers as the GT Concept-based coupe will offer a cheaper alternative to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.
Apart from that, Kia is also planning a production version of the GT4 Stinger Concept. Auto Express states it has been slated for a 2017 debut, but the company is yet to give the green light for production. Regarding the two concepts, Kia’s head of overseas marketing, Spencer Cho said: “We have very high intentions to put these models into production – we’re working on it.”