The Kia Cross GT Concept debuts at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (8-18 February) and is a sort of crossover evolution of the GT Concept sedan. The car sports a pretty muscular and aggressive design (penned at the Kia Design Center America in Irvine, California) with dual rear-hinged doors and measures 4.89 meters in length, 1.2 meters in width and 1.66 meters height, with a wheelbase of 3.10 meters.
Based on the GT chassis, the Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-drive sister with shorter overhangs, a longer wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture, but it also offers greater visibility thanks to its taller stature and features all-wheel drive for improved performance and all-weather capability.
The model is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 hybrid, which is an evolution of Kia’s parallel system with a pancake-shaped electric motor placed under the rear floor in between the V6 unit and the 8-speed automatic transmission. The combined output of this powertrain (with Torque Vectoring) is rated at an impressive 400 horsepower, with 677 Nm of peak torque. On electric power alone, the car has a range of about 20 miles (32 km).
Inside we find four Almond-Terra-colored leather-covered bucket seats with contrasting stitching. The Cross GT’s subsystems including HVAC, telematics and entertainment, are accessed via an easy-to-use touch screen and central mouse control technology that keeps the driver’s hands on the wheel at all times. The rear passengers instead will have the chance to access the Internet and infotainment options through a pair of flat panel screens mounted to the headrests of the front seats.