Kia Guns for BMW with New Cross GT Concept at Chicago Auto Show


Whereas Germany's premium carmakers are looking to expand their reach in smaller segments, Korea's Hyundai and Kia are actively flirting with the idea of enhancing their range with more premium and larger-size vehicles.

At this week's Chicago Auto Show, Kia pulled the covers off the new Cross GT concept, which it describes as "blurring the line" between GT sedan study and a luxury crossover vehicle. The reference to the rear-wheel drive GT sedan also has to do with the fact that the Cross GT is based on the same chassis.

The Koreans state that, while purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals the brand's "intentions to potentially offer a larger premium SUV than the current Sorento in certain markets". Kia may not say it directly, but with this concept, it is aiming towards the likes of the BMW X5 and X6.

At 122.0 inches (3,099mm), the Cross GT’s wheelbase is longer than Sorento’s by 15.7 inches (399mm), and its overall length of 192.8 inches (4,897mm) is 8.4 inches (213mm) greater than Kia's CUV. Also, with a width of 79.1-inch (2,009mm), it's 4.9 inches (124mm) wider than Sorento, but its overall height of 65.3 inches (1659mm) is 1.6 inches (41mm) shorter for a more aggressive stance.

Penned at the Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, California, the four-seater model sports dual rear-hinged doors (more commonly referred to as “suicide” doors) and a clam-shell design for the traditional glass hatch and tailgate.

For its motivation, the concept utilizes a parallel hybrid system linking a 3.8-liter V6 engine to an 8-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive. The electric motor is positioned between the V6 and the transmission, offering an emissions-free driving range of 20 miles (32km). Combined, the V6 and the electric motor produce 400hp and 500 lb-ft of peak torque.

Commenting on the Cross GT, Kia's newly appointed president and global design chief, Peter Schreyer, said:

“The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective.  It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-wheel-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 crossover.”




Garrett Spicer said... »February 07, 2013

Another Korean luxury rip off. They copied Mercedes down to the smallest detail and I bet they did it again with this with BMW

Kyle Travers said... »February 07, 2013

What a hater. Do you even know who Peter Schreyer is?

Earl said... »February 07, 2013

Did someone stuff kimchi in your anus? The lead designer for Kia and Hyundai is a former designer for Audi. So if he's copying anything it would be his previous designs at Audi.

bd005 said... »February 08, 2013

What about the Genesis looks like Mercedes?
And you know, it was Lexus that the head of Mercedes design called out for copying.
And how does this look anything like BMW?

Oleg said... »February 08, 2013

The hyundai sonata was a full copy of last edition SAAB 9-5. The interior in this picture also full copy of concept car VOLVO.

Anonymous said... »February 08, 2013

Saab 9-5? Volvo? Dafuq are you talking about? Hyundai has it's own design. They didn't copy all the crappy cars that are exist in this world.

Anonymous said... »February 08, 2013

Dude, sonata doesn't copy that bland crappy Saab 9-5, and oh, the interior in this kia is waaay diffrent from volvo. Seriously, you better check your eyes.

Phil2Drei said... »February 08, 2013

They look nothing alike! Neither the interior of the concept nor the Sonata and 9-5. Feel free to point out exactly what design cues where supposedly copied in an attempt to defend your argument. :)

kevin said... »February 09, 2013

theres a lot of peugeot lines in the face

Eddie said... »February 11, 2013

I don't see BMW at all. If anything, I see Evoque'ness in here.

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