Kia Cross GT Concept
Presented at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the Kia Cross GT Concept translates the design language of the GT sedan into the large crossover segment, previewing the brand’s future premium aesthetic.
Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia’s intentions to potentially offer a larger premium SUV than the current Sorento in certain markets.
Based on the Kia GT chassis, the Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-wheel-drive stable mate with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture.
At 122.0 inches (3099mm), the Cross GT’s wheelbase is longer than Sorento’s by 15.7 inches (399mm), and its overall length of 192.8 inches (4897mm) is 8.4 inches (213mm) greater than Sorento.
The 79.1-inch (2009mm) width is 4.9 inches (124mm) wider than Sorento, but the Cross GT’s overall height of 65.3 inches (1659mm) is actually 1.6 inches (41mm) shorter, giving the concept a lower roofline than most large CUVs.
The Cross GT is designed to accommodate four passengers and their cargo, and the large greenhouse, airy cabin and gently sloping hood are aimed at giving a nimble in crowded urban environments.
Among the distinctive features are the dual rear-hinged doors (the so-called “suicide” doors), which allow for easy access to the rear bucket seats and affords generous views of the Cross GT’s premium interior.
The cargo compartment is accessed through a “clam shell” design that incorporates a traditional glass hatch and a tailgate.
The use of advanced LED technology creates a strong lighting identity that highlights Kia’s signature grille.
Letting light into the cabin is a multi-panelled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts.
Painted in Fusion Copper, the Cross GT offers greater visibility thanks to its taller stature and features an all-wheel drive transmission.
Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation President and Global Chief of Design, commented: “The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective. It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-wheel-drive luxury saloon. The Cross GT, with its raised stance and large cargo area, allows us to envision the GT in the form of a full-size luxury crossover.”
While the GT’s lines were penned in Frankfurt, Germany, the Cross GT hails from Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, California, the studio that penned the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts, and most recently the all-new production 2014 Forte saloon – Kia’s C-segment model outside of Europe.
The concept is powered by an efficient hybrid powertrain featuring a 3.8-litre V6 engine, 8-speed automatic and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, while the pancake-shaped electric motor is positioned between the V6 and transmission.
Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce 500 lb/ft of torque and 400 horsepower, with an all-electric range of 20 miles – sufficient to enable exhilarating performance, while delivering superior fuel economy and fuel efficiency.