Blurring the line between Kia’s GT concept and a luxury CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA) slipped the cover off the Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
While the GT’s lines were penned in Frankfurt, Germany, the Cross GT hails from Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, Calif., the house that breathed life into the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts, and most recently the all-new production 2014 Forte sedan.
Based on the GT chassis, the Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-drive stablemate with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture.
But the Cross GT offers even greater visibility thanks to its taller stature and features all-wheel drive for improved performance and all-weather capability.
Utilizing a state-of-the-art 3.8-litre V6 hybrid, eight-speed automatic and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, the Cross-GT’s powertrain matches the sophistication of the exterior and interior designs.
Backing the V6 is an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and transmission.
The electric motor is neatly packaged under the rear floor.
Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce 500 lb/ft of torque and 400 hp, with an all-electric range of 20-miles—sufficient to enable exhilarating performance, while delivering superior fuel economy and fuel efficiency.
The Cross GT is designed to easily accommodate four passengers and their cargo in luxurious surroundings, but the large greenhouse, airy cabin and gently sloping hood give the Cross GT a nimble feel that’s at home in crowded urban environments.