The Kia Cross GT Concept is an evolution from the Kia GT we saw in Frankfurt.
The Kia Cross GT Concept made its debut Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. The concept is the next version of the Kia GT that we saw in 2011.
The Cross was penned in the Kia Design Center America in Irvine, Calif., the same shop that drew up the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts and the 2014 Kia Forte.
The Cross GT is a crossover with a long wheelbase, short overhangs and a wide stance. Kia says the Cross GT is of the same bloodline as the Sorento SUV, but with an additional 15.7 inches of wheelbase, 8.4 inches of length, and almost 5 inches of width. The roofline, though, is lower.
The rear doors open suicide-style, offering better access to the back seat. We’d be floored if those made it to a production version. The cargo area opens like a clamshell with a separate tailgate and glass hatch. Multi-paneled, hexagonal skylights dot the roof.
The hypothetical powertrain for this car — which is strictly a concept — is a 3.8-liter V6 combined with an electric motor, producing 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It would be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Kia says the concept could go 20 miles on electric power alone.
Inside the Cross GT, four seats are anchored to the center tunnel, which makes them appear to float in the cabin. Reclaimed American walnut covers the instrument panel while renewable wool is used for touchable surfaces. Heating, radio and navigation functions are controlled with a touchscreen in the dash and mouse pad on the steering wheel.
We rate the chances of this car going into production at close to nil. Even Kia marketing chief Michael Sprague concedes that this is only one direction the company might try.
“Our customers are looking to the Kia brand to offer relevant vehicles in the premium segments that take value to new levels of sophistication,” said Sprague. “The Cross GT is the next logical step in that evolution. And while only a concept today, it signals one possible design direction we may explore for the future.”
The Kia Cross GT debuted at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Kia Cross GT has a hypothetical powertrain making 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
The Chicago Auto Show is held every February at McCormick Place and bills itself as “The Nation’s Largest.” Pickup trucks traditionally have had a big showing in Chicago, as have green and small cars. This year marks the 105th Chicago Auto Show; press days are Feb. 7-8 while public days are Feb. 9-18.