The Cross GT concept CUV shown by Kia at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show shares similar proportions to the Kia GT concept sedan unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The V6/electric hybrid Concept Cross GT is built around “a RWD platform that has great proportions and that’s similar to the original GT. The Cross GT concept signals a possibility for a larger crossover in Kia’s portfolio,” Tom Kearns, Chief Designer for Kia Motors America, said in an interview with SAE Magazines after the Cross GT’s world debut at the show.
When compared to Kia’s 2014 Sorento, the Cross GT is larger in key dimensions. The Cross GT’s wheelbase is 122 in (3099 mm) vs. the Sorento’s 106.3 in (2700 mm). Its 79.1-in (2009-mm) width is 4.9 in (124 mm) wider than the Sorento's, and the 192.8-in (4897-mm) overall length exceeds the Sorento’s by 8.4 in (213 mm). But with an overall height of 65.3 in (1659 mm), Cross GT is 1.6 in (41 mm) lower than the Sorento without roof rails.
With its long hood, short front overhang, and low roof line, the concept’s exterior lines convey a sporty-luxury attitude, and because Cross GT’s rear end is “sort of upright, we can potentially package a third row of passengers,” Kearns said.
Cross GT's upscale interior features “a lot of earth-friendly/eco-friendly materials,” according to Kearns.
The four equestrian-saddle-inspired bucket seats feature contrasting stitching, and those leather-covered seats were tanned with vegetable oil using natural dyes. Reharvested American walnut accents the instrument panel, while wool-felt adds a specific textile feel within the cabin.
The HVAC, telematics, and other features are driver-accessed by a touch screen and central mouse control, while rear passengers can access the Internet and infotainment options via flat panel screens mounted on the headrest of the front seats.
Cross GT’s parallel hybrid-electric powertrain includes a 3.8-L V6, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric motor packaged under the rear floor. The combined V6-electric motor produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 500 lb·ft (678 N·m) with a projected all-electric range of 20 mi (32 km).
Kia officials have not announced production plans for either the Cross GT or its stablemate the GT sports sedan concept.