Previously introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, the Kia GT, which originated from the Concept version, is Kia’s latest range-topping sports saloon; that resemble the Porsche Panamera. At first glance, the Kia GT takes up the familiar Tiger nose signature grille at the front, along with slim LED lights on each side. Additionally, to the bottom of the front bumper, there are four-cubed LED DRLs; which are closely similar to the current Kia Optima K5.
Some of the concept’s wilder design treatments, like the radical rear-hinged back doors and tiny wing mirrors, will be toned down for production. Under the skin is likely to be a rear-drive chassis borrowed from sister brand Hyundai’s top echelon Genesis, while engines will also come from within the line-up.
The Kia GT production version is set for debut in 2017 at the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show). Thereafter, the sales roll-out is expected to commence later that year. As for domestic debut, we would have to wait and see whether Naza Kia M’sia has plans to bring it in…
Prior to the Kia GT, which is based on the Optima, hitting showrooms, the trial car has already been spotted being tested at the Nürburgring race track in Germany. Ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann is in charge of the project which include fine-tuning the chassis and engine.
The Kia Canival or Sedona (in some parts of the world) is a possible replacement to the age-old Ria MPV available domestically. In a nutshell, the Kia Carnival is a 7-seater minivan, much like the Ria, with obvious new and trendy elements added, all around. At the front, the Carnival has a wide and stout grille; not exactly the signature Tiger nose type, along with a bottom bumper lip and chrome surrounds for the foglights.
Kia newest MPV’s profile is highlighted by the electric sliding doors on both sides, along with stream-lined shoulder lines and high roof top.
As an MPV that offers consumers a spacious cabin and improved quality all round, the Carnival is a true Multi-purpose vehicle for city or long distance drive. It fits 7 adults very comfortably, thanks to a generously allocated shoulder- and leg-room, as well as a modern appeal on dashboard layout, door panels, trimmings and an ergonomic interior setup.
In the preliminary stages. the Kia Carnival is expected to be fitted with a 2.2 Turbo Diesel powerplant for the Malaysian market. Details will be made available in due time…