Kia has taken the wraps off their Cross GT concept at the Chicago Auto Show. It could preview a production crossover that would be larger than the Sorento.
Kia has taken the wraps off their Cross GT concept at the Chicago Auto Show.
Designed to combine the "beauty and elegance of the GT concept with the functionality of a crossover," the Cross GT has an aggressive appearance thanks to its short overhangs and long wheelbase. Other styling attributes include a prominent grille, rear-hinged doors and a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts. Overall, the concept measures 192.8 inches long, 79.1 inches wide and 65.3 inches tall with a wheelbase that spans 122.0 inches.
The minimalistic cabin comes nicely equipped with leather upholstery, American Walnut trim and a touch screen infotainment system. While it only has four seats, it wouldn't be hard to imagine the model as a proper seven seater.
Power is provided by a hybridized 3.8-liter V6 engine which is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the model to have a combined maximum output of 400 bhp (298 kW) and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque. The crossover can also travel up to 20 miles (32 km) on electricity alone thanks to a small electric motor which is sandwiched between the engine and transmission.
The company didn't mention whether or not the concept is headed for production, but Kia's executive vice president of marketing said "While only a concept today, it signals one possible design direction we may explore for the future.”