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CarAdvice believes the highly-anticipated Kia GT is set to be unveiled early next year, with the most likely candidate being either January’s Detroit motor show or Geneva in March, with Kia Australia all but confirmed that it will take the brand’s first rear-wheel drive car.

The Kia GT, or GT Stinger, depending on what it will be called, will be offered with a choice of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines, with pricing expected to be from $40,000 to $50,000 across the range.

The base model GT is expected to get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, while the top-spec gets a 3.3-litre twin-turbo six cylinder unit. Power and torque figures are yet to be confirmed, however rumours suggest the six-cylinder unit will have around 275kW and 514Nm of torque.

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The GT is expected to launch initially as a four-door sedan, with the two-door coupe potentially to follow later in the model’s life cycle.

Kia Australia’s chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, has previously told CarAdvice that the brand would be very keen to take the car when it becomes available.

The GT is believed to be built upon the new platform that also houses the new-generation of Genesis vehicles, making the Kia version a potential bargain with its expected performance and price tag.

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The rear-wheel-drive GT has been a long time coming. Revealed first as a concept in 2011, the big four-door coupe has remained a hot topic in the rumour mill in the years since.

With an official unveiling expected in January, CarAdvice believes that the GT will be available in Australian showrooms before the end of next year.

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