Kia Cross GT Concept Reveals Brand's Premium Ambitions: 2013 Chicago Auto Show

2013 Chicago Auto Show


  • Kia Cross GT Concept Picture

    Kia Cross GT Concept Picture

    Kia Cross GT Concept. | February 06, 2013

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2013 Chicago Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • If the Kia Cross GT concept makes it into production, it would be a large premium crossover that slots in above the 2014 Kia Sorento.
  • The Kia Cross GT debuted on Thursday at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
  • The Kia Cross GT is a four-passenger hybrid that is described by the Korean brand as a "luxury crossover."

CHICAGO — If the Kia Cross GT concept makes it into production, it would be a large premium crossover that slots in above the 2014 Kia Sorento.

The all-wheel-drive Kia Cross GT debuted on Thursday at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

The Kia Cross GT is a four-passenger hybrid that is described by the Korean brand as a "luxury crossover."

"Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia's intentions to potentially offer a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento," said Kia Motors America in a statement.

Kia — a former bargain-basement brand — has been steadily marching upscale, with some of its products crossing the $40,000 threshold. The top-of-the-line 2014 Kia Sorento SX-L, for example, starts at $40,550, including an $850 destination charge. Presumably, a production version of the Cross GT would start above $40,000.

The Cross GT concept is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine and an electric motor for a combined 400 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission rounds out the powertrain package. Kia says the Cross GT concept has an all-electric range of 20 miles. It did not provide a fuel economy estimate on the concept.

Again underscoring that this is a "concept powertrain," Kia said the "thought-provoking ideas may one day find their way into a production vehicle."

The Cross GT is significantly larger than the Sorento. The Cross GT concept rides on a 122-inch wheelbase, nearly 16 inches longer than Sorento. But it has a lower roof line than the Sorento, giving the concept a sleeker look. The Cross GT concept's wheelbase is about an inch longer than that of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 and the Infiniti QX56.

Other exterior cues on the Cross GT concept include dual rear-hinged "suicide" doors and a striking Fusion Copper exterior paint treatment.

The leather-covered seats in the cabin are said to be inspired by "fine equestrian saddles." The cabin is trimmed in American Walnut and wool felt.

"While only a concept today, it signals one possible design direction we may explore for the future," said Michael Sprague, Kia Motors America executive vice president of marketing and communications, in a statement.

Edmunds says: The Kia Cross GT concept seems to be taking aim at some upscale competitors from Germany and Japan.

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