While the South Korean car maker has built crossover SUV type vehicles before, with recent examples including the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento, the Cross GT appears to be a larger and more luxurious offering then ever seen before.
The new vehicle is based on the same chassis as an earlier Kia concept, the GT coupe revealed back in 2011.
The Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-wheel-drive stable mate with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture. The Cross GT offers even greater visibility than the earlier coupe concept thanks to its taller stature and features all-wheel drive for improved performance and all-weather capability.
Underneath the Cross GT utilises a four-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, combining a 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor. The engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. With both the V6 and electric motor working together the Cross GT produces around 400bhp, and it also boasts an electric-only travel range of 20 miles.
The Kia Cross GT concept can deliver a potent drive mixed with the capabilities of frugal running and a low CO2 emission output.
While strictly a concept powertrain, Kia’s proven hybrid technology, combined with the all-wheel drive set-up, are technologies which could be passed on to future production models.
The Cross GT is also designed to easily accommodate four passengers and their cargo in luxurious surroundings.
The exterior of the concept reinforces its luxury image thanks to features like the LED surrounds for the signature front grille and the dual rear-hinged doors, more commonly referred to as “suicide” doors.
This unique configuration of the concept should allow for easy access to the rear bucket seats and affords a clear view of the Cross GT’s premium textures and materials for the cabin. The cargo compartment is accessed through a “clam shell” design that incorporates a traditional glass hatch and a tailgate.
If this concept reaches the stage of production, it could become the third car with the ‘GT’ designation to go on sale. The first examples of the Kia ‘GT’ performance models include the Cee’d GT and Pro_cee’d GT hot hatches due to launch later on in 2013.
The current Kia model range is available to UK motorists now from Perrys Kia Dealerships based in Burnley, Preston and Rotherham.