It is around five years since we saw the Kia GT Concept in 2011. I bet that just like me, you had already forgotten everything about it, well until a photo of a camouflaged model started doing rounds on the internet. Sometime later, another camouflage model was caught doing runs in Orange County which means the model is near its official debut into the market.When it comes out, the 2018 Kia GT is targeted to compete with luxury sedans like the Audi A4.
I believe the automaker has been carefully planning their assault on German-made sedans hence the lengthy delay. From the photos, we can see that the model has been toned down for production purposes but it retains the first concept aggressiveness and coupe-like stance.
2018 Kia GT concept Exterior
According to credible reports, the 2018 Kia GT will be based on a rear-wheel drive platform which it will shares with Hyundai’s Genesis G70. The model captured testing was under heavy camouflage and there is not that much that could be seen.
However, we have noticed that the suicide doors have been replaced with conventional doors. At the front, the model features a chrome finished grille. Other visible exterior features are its intricately designed C-pillar and quad exhaust tips at the rear. Kia has used a unique rear styling referred to as the “Kammback-type” which makes the model look very attractive.
Overall, the model looks sleek and attractive enough to draw some attention away from German-made sedans. However, the interior is where the battle is won and I hope the automaker will offer a matching cabin.
2018 Kia GT concept Interior
Our spy photographers could not get close enough to look at the cabin. However, given the level of styling the models the Kia GT wishes to compete with receive, Kia has to offer a particularly comfortable, luxurious and conveniently-styled cabin.
I believe premium leather will be the standard upholstery material on the seats, dashboard and door panels. The steering wheel and shifter will also be wrapped in leather. Real wood will also be used on the dash and door panels to add a dose of exclusivity. Expect the seats to be heated and the front seats to be power adjustable.
In terms of technology, I expect the latest connectivity features, a state-of-the-art infotainment system and a quality sound system. Safety technologies with semi-autonomous functionality will also be offered.
Overall, I believe the cabin will be quite serene and a good place to spend some quality time in.
The Engine specs and performance
Under the hood, I expect the same engine as the one used on the 2011 concept. The unit is a turbocharged 3.3 L, V-6 which produces 389 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system similar to the one on the Kia Cadenza as well as the Genesis G90. A manual gearbox could be offered as an option. The model will be offered in rear-wheel-drive.
According to rumors, the automaker will also offer a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine tweaked to produce a good deal of power. There is also a possibility for a hybrid engine which will combine the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor.
Price and release date
Being a new entrant in a very competitive segment led by the German-made luxury sedans, Kia will most likely make the GT more affordable. As such, I believe a starting price of around $ 35,000 is likely.
As for the release date, the car might make an early debut in 2017 as a 2018 model car. Before the vehicle hits the market, the model will be showcased at the Paris Auto Show according to rumors.
KIA wants to use the model to up it game on the luxury sedan segment. It is set to enter into a field which the likes of Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 4-Series call home. The likes of the Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and Jaguar XE are also making inroads in this segment so competition will be very stiff.