Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

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    Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Kia Cross GT Concept Previews Larger, More Premium Crossover
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    With the reveal of a third new vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show today, Kia is firmly planting its flag in the Midwestern city. The 2013 Cross GT concept is a look into the future at a possible rear-wheel drive luxury crossover.

    As its name implies, this vehicle is based on the GT concept that debuted in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. According to Kia’s press release, it’s meant to blur the lines between a gran turismo and a luxury crossover.

    As with many concept vehicles these days, the Cross GT features a hybrid drivetrain. At the heart of the system is a familiar 3.8-liter V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Beyond that combination, Kia engineers sandwiched an electric motor between the engine and gearbox. All told this “parallel hybrid” powertrain delivers 400 horsepower with an earth-shattering 500 lb-ft of torque. Supposedly it can also deliver 20 miles of all-electric driving.

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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    It will be a nice vehicle if it comes into fruition. Official SAE measurements aside, of course.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Isn't that the new Lincoln with a Kia grill on it?

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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Saw a real-life picture on Twitter, the rear of this vehicle is very cool, but I caught a glimpse of the rear 3/4 and it looks like an old Camry Wagon.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Far better looking than any of their current product offerings.
    I want a car so violent that the mere thought of full throttle would cause a heart attack. That actually going wide open throttle in would result in nothing less than instant death!
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    That is a really good looking vehicle/design. I love the rear with the window/tail light design.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Isn't that the new Lincoln with a Kia grill on it?
    Lmao! You are so wrong for that!
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Isn't that the new Lincoln with a Kia grill on it?
    Eh, methinks the Kia did it 1st w/ the Kia Kue concept.


    Quote Originally Posted by germeezy1 View Post
    Far better looking than any of their current product offerings.
    Think the Optima SX would like to differ, as well as the cee'd/pro-cee'd - and w/ the GT (K8) heading to production, this would be at best, the 4th best-looking Kia design.

    Anyway, Kia needs a mainstream fullsize CUV (to sit above the Sorento) before they should dip their toe into the luxury CUV segment.

    Eventually, I can see a 2 sedan/2 CUV luxury Kia iineup w/ the Quoris, GT, this and a smaller CUV.

    At least Kia is doing it right, basing a luxury CUV on a RWD platform; interesting that they have shown a luxury CUV (even if just concept) before Hyundai.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: Kia Cross GT Concept

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Isn't that the new Lincoln with a Kia grill on it?
    ...uh, didn't Lincoln "...free..." the Koreans too?
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