Returning to the 2018 Kia GT, Old Continent buyers will also get at least one diesel option, with the oil-burning incarnation of the model expected to be powered by the Sorento’s 2.2-liter CRDi, which should deliver 197 hp (200 PS).
The GT has been spotted testing multiple times at the Nürburgring, where Kia and sister company Hyundai have tested a variety of upcoming models, including the i30 N Volkswagen Golf GTI rival.
There’s no official word on pricing yet but the model will be positioned at the top of Kia’s range above the Optima. This will put the GT up against a range of more upmarket rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with pricing to match. So around £30,000 is expected. We don’t expect to see it in showrooms before Summer of 2017, though.
Developed under the CK codename, the coupe-like Stinger sedan, which would be positioned above the Optima as Kia’s flagship (and first) rear-drive passenger car, has been spotted undergoing testing and will undergo an extensive local tuning program before its Australian release around next September.