Cross GT takes Kia design in a bold new direction that hints at the
future of the brand's premium aesthetic in a larger package
SEOUL, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Blurring the line between Kia's gorgeous GT
concept and a luxury CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA) today slipped the
silk off the beautiful Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
Amid the popping strobes of cameras, the Cross GT stunned onlookers
with its elegant yet powerful stance, confirming once again Kia's
now-well-established reputation for world-class design. The Cross GT
seamlessly melds high technology with nature, creating a harmonious
partnership between driver and vehicle that also respects our global
environment. Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia's intentions
to potentially offer a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento.
"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
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.
Drawing inspiration from nature, driven by technology and bathed in
gorgeous Fusion Copper, the Cross GT is powered by an efficient hybrid
powertrain that looks to reduce the vehicle's carbon footprint while
providing the uncompromising performance that's expected of a large,
Utilizing a state-of-the-art 3.8-liter V6 hybrid, 8-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 horsepower, with an
all-electric range of 20-miles - sufficient to enable exhilarating
performance, while delivering superior fuel economy and fuel
While strictly a concept powertrain, Kia's proven hybrid technology,
combined with all-wheel drive are thought-provoking ideas that may one
day find their way into a production vehicle.
While clearly a member of the same bloodline as the award-winning
Sorento, the Cross GT cuts an even more imposing figure. At 122.0
inches, the Cross GT's wheelbase is longer than Sorento's by 15.7
inches, and its overall length of 192.8 inches is 8.4 inches greater
than Sorento. The 79.1-inch width is 4.9 inches wider than Sorento, but
the Cross GT's overall height of 65.3 inches is actually 1.6 inches
shorter, giving the concept a lower roofline than most large CUVs. 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.
The Cross GT's sophisticated image is enhanced by the dual rear-hinged
doors, more commonly referred to as "suicide" doors. The unique
configuration allows for easy access to the rear bucket seats and
affords generous views of the Cross GT's premium textures and
materials. The cargo compartment is accessed through a "clam shell"
design that incorporates a traditional glass hatch and a tailgate. Use
of advanced LED technology creates a strong and unique lighting
identity that dramatically highlights Kia's signature grille. Letting
light into the cabin is a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass
inserts that enhance the Cross GT's premium design aesthetic.
About Kia Canada Inc.:
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of
Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and
services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte,
Optima and Sorento through a network of 180 dealers nationwide. Kia
Canada Inc. employs 162 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters
and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new
state-of-the-art facility to open in Montreal shortly. Kia's brand
slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global
commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring
experiences that go beyond expectations.
About Kia Motors Corporation:
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart - was founded in
1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7
million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and
assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced
through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150
countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual
revenues of US$42 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian
Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA - the governing body of
the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan - "The Power
to Surprise" - represents the company's global commitment to surprise
the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go
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