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next year before full-scale production in 2013 or 2014.
The new moves were virtually confirmed by Kia’s design guru, Peter Schreyer, at the unveiling of the Rio fourdoor sedan and updated Soul at the New York motor show.
I think it would be nice to add some spice to what we’ve done now,’’ Schreyer told Carsguide. We are doing good design and it is a good feeling. All the new cars are coming out now.’’
The key to the GTI program is an upcoming 1.6-litre directinjection petrol turbo engine, which will be part of a new family of force-fed engines led by the 2.0-litre motor already fitted to the Sportage and Optima in the US.
Kia says the turbos are part of its solution to the need for more power and reduced emissions and fuel consumption. This is already taking it into stop-start technology and an on-demand alternator in the upcoming replacements to the current Rio— three and five-door hatches and a four-door sedan.
Schreyer is not giving any firm details, but does confirm work is under way on a hot hatch and a true sports car.
Either, or . . . it’s not so very far away,’’ he adds.
Insiders expect one or both cars to be previewed at the Detroit Motor Show next January, with the GTI as the most likely starter.
But there could be a problem for Australia, as Schreyer says hot hatch work is focused on the C’eed, a car that is not available here.
I think the GTI is probably best . . . to do on the next C’eed. I have to do something [else] for you in Australia.’’
In my opinion, it would be a nice addition. Not a super sports car, but a small, honest little car.’’