Kia just unveiled its new hybrid Kia Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Kia says that the overall design of the vehicle draws inspiration from the original GT concept and combines it with a luxury crossover layout.
“The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective,” noted Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation president and global chief of design. “It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-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.”
The Cross GT concept is based on the same chassis as the GT concept with similar proportions, which gives it short overhangs, a long wheelbase and aggressively wide posture. The concept is also powered by a hybrid powertrain that seeks to reduce the vehicle’s carbon footprint while providing the uncompromising performance that’s expected of a large, luxury crossover.
The Cross GT concept is powered by a 3.8L V6 hybrid powertrain, an 8-speed automatic and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive. 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 rests under the rear floor. Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque with an all-electric range of 20-miles.
Inside the concept features seats that are inspired by fine equestrian saddles. The seats feature contrasting stitching and are tanned with vegetable oil using natural dyes and no chemicals. Use of re-harvested American Walnut across the sweeping instrument panel and 100 percent eco-friendly renewable wool felt throughout the vehicle also add to the Cross GT’s environmentally friendly appeal.