Kia GT could receive a smaller engine, not the V6 from the concept version

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2011

Kia’s design director Peter Schreyer has shown the GT Concept to AutoExpress. Schreyer is confident that this bold concept will lead the way for a daring direction. He said that he aimed to create cars that he would be “proud to sit in, be seen in and to drive.” It appears that he had achieved this goal with the GT, which features stunning details like the 21-inch propellor blade alloy wheels, a single-piece integrated LED tail-light, and contrasting copper roof line. The GT comes with a 3.3-litre turbo V6, which delivers nearly 400bhp.

He said that the car would be successful with a smaller engine or when equipped with hybrid technology. He is confident that the car would be quick but will still offer high fuel economy. Schreyer said that while German brands dominate the coupe segment, the GT is the “first step” for Kia.

Furthermore, Kia is improving its current model line-up. It has recently announced that the facelifted Soul, which is already available, will be priced from £12,495. Kia is also set to release a flagship ‘4’ version of the Cee’d hatch, with a leather interior and more power.

The new Kia GT sports sedan concept – with its dynamic, aggressive and forward-looking appearance – provides a glimpse into the South Korean carmaker’s new design direction. This new concept car combines a modern and elegant four-seater interior with sleek and muscular exterior. While Kia commenced the Kia GT project in November 2010, the carmaker’s designers in Europe had already been thinking of creating a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon.

Kia's Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer remarked that the rear-wheel drive concept enables the carmaker to explore new design directions, since such layout allows for different proportions compared to ones with front-wheel configurations.

He noted that a front-engine rear-wheel-drive performance saloon is appealing to customers not only in South Korea, but also in Europe and America. Gregory Guillaume, Kia's European Design Chief, remarked that right at the start, Kia’s design team took inspiration from the elegant iconic GT cars of 1970s that could safely, speedily, effortlessly and comfortably carry passengers from Paris to the South of France.

He said that Kia aimed to replicate the elegance, confidence and athleticism of such cars sans any signs of aggression or arrogance. This kind of focus has been augmented by the concept car’s aeronautical theme, which entails the fitment of the low-slung front air intake, multi-piece propeller-style alloy and carbon-fiber wheels, and aerodynamically efficient rear diffuser, as well as curving winglets flowing from the front flanks into the headlamps and jet-themed rear-view cameras.

This particular aeronautical theme was derived from the seminal Kia Kee concept car that was unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Moreover, the new Kia GT sports sedan concept features an array of core design elements that effectively connects it with the 2010 Pop concept and the Kia Kee.

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