Kia Motors America introduced the Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. This is a combination of Kia’s striking GT concept and a luxury crossover vehicle. The Cross GT has a stylish but robust stance, in line with Kia’s reputation for producing world-class designs. The Cross GT combines high technology and nature, building a pleasant and seamless partnership between driver and vehicle that is respectful to its global environment too.
The Cross GT is purely conceptual. It is indicative of Kia’s goals to possibly offer a bigger premium SUV than the existing Sorento in several markets. The GT was designed in Frankfurt, Germany, but the Cross GT originates from Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, California. This is the design house that developed the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts. The latest model that it conceptualized is the all-new production 2014 Forte saloon, which is Kia’s C-segment model outside of Europe. The Cross GT is based on the GT chassis.
This means that its measurements are comparable to the rear-wheel-drive model within the same lineup. It also gets short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a very wide posture. However, the Cross GT provides even more visibility because it’s taller and it has all-wheel drive for increased performance and all-weather capability. The Cross GT takes inspiration from nature and is boosted by technology. It also gets a stunning Fusion Copper finish.
It is equipped with an efficient hybrid powertrain that lowers the carbon footprint of the vehicle while offering the incredible performance that’s expected to come from a big luxury crossover. The powertrain of the Cross GT is a match to the sophisticated exterior and interior designs.
It comes with a very advanced 3.8-litre V6 hybrid, 8-speed automatic and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive. Instead of the V6, the model uses an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, which is a pancake-shaped electric motor that is slotted between the V6 and transmission. When combined, the V6 and electric motor deliver 500 lb/ft of torque and 400hp. It offers a 20-mile all-electric range, enough to enable excellent performance, while offering superior fuel economy and fuel efficiency.