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Christopher Bruce2013-02-07 18:25:53

Kia Cross GT Imagines Future Premium Crossover in Chicago

Says that the concept is very close to production version

 
 
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The Cross GT shares a chassis with the GT concept from 2011

KiaKiaKiaRepublic of Korea, 1944 > present52 models
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brought a concept for a new a new premium crossover called the Cross GT for the opening day of the Chicago Auto Show today. Kia says that while the car it is showing in the windy city is a concept, it is planning a production version already that would sit above the SorentoSorento Gen.2Kia Sorento Gen.2Republic of Korea, 2009 > 201455 versions
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in the Kia lineup. 

The Cross GT is an all-wheel drive crossover with short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The platform comes from Kia's GTGTKia GTRepublic of Korea, 2011 > 201150 photos
concept from 2011. It features design details like suicide doors and a clamshell rear hatch. The roof features a multi-paneled sky light. The crossover's design comes from the Kia Design Center America in Irvine, California. 

Power comes from a 3.8-liter V6 hybrid with 400hp and 500lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic and torque vectoring all-wheel drive. The electric motor is placed between the V6 and the transmission but can power the car by itself for up to 20 miles (32km). 

"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," said Kia Lead Designer and President Peter Schreyer.

The Cross GT has a wheelbase 15.7in (399mm) longer than the Kia Sorento and is 8.4in (213mm) longer than the Sorento overall. It is also 4.9in (124mm) wider than the Sorento and 1.6in (41mm) shorter. The concept seats four people, but the production version would likely seat five. 

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