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Production Kia GT Sport Sedan Spied Testing in California

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The production Kia GT has been spied testing in Southern California near the company’s headquarters.

The upcoming Kia sports sedan will be based on the Kia GT concept that originally debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although it is heavily camouflaged, the production Kia GT appears to keep similar proportions and is sized closely to the current Hyundai Genesis sedan, which will become the Genesis G70. Expect it to borrow styling cues from the Kia GT Stinger concept that debuted at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Kia’s goal for the sports sedan is to target models like the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS, although it will be more closely priced to a Volkswagen CC. Expect prices to start around $40,000 when the model goes on sale sometime in 2018.

Don’t be surprised if the Genesis G70 provides the rear-wheel-drive chassis as the foundation for the production Kia GT, which means the 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine could transfer over.
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Start around $40k? Ouch.
Somehow I thought this was going to be a 2 seater. Looks like it will be RWD, based on the Genesis. May not be good for Cadenza sales. Azera got squeezed out of Hyundai's lineup, arguably because of the Genesis.
I was also under the impression it was going to be a "sports car" type coupe, not a sedan... Why another sedan? I love the Kia cars but we already have a full size and luxury size vehicle from them. They needed a gen coupe type of vehicle that was more sporty, not MORE competition for the Cadenza, unless this is a move to strategically phase out the Cadenza?
I wouldn't jump to conclusions right away. It's totally possible that they'll do both at some point.
I wouldn't jump to conclusions right away. It's totally possible that they'll do both at some point.
Exactly... The Genesis used to be a 4 door sedan as well
Correction, they still make the 4 door Genesis
I thought Hyundai was going to phase out the Azera because of this same thing. The Genesis does much better as well as the Elantra(?) but the Azera is our Cadenza, just not cutting it for them sales wise. We could've used a sports coupe more than anything.
Agree, a real 2 seater sports coup (like the 2 seater Genesis) would be much better for Kia. And your right, the Azera is going away, arguably because of the Genesis. May the same fate for the Cadenza with this new large, 4 door, RWD sedan? Sales will tell.
Maybe if they do even a modicum of advertising for it and maybe ****, you know, maybe ask the dealers to actually SHOW the car to some people? I found this car all on my own, the dealer didn't even want to show it to me, literally told me I wouldn't want that (as it was an "old person car") and led me to an Optima. He didn't like it when I told him that he could look at the Optima but I was going to look at the Cadenza lol. Needless to say this was the dealer I didn't get my car at.
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