While all the major automakers like Mercedes and Volkswagen are busy launching and introducing their concept SUVs, South Korean company Kia also developed and launched its own concept SUV at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Kia Motors is known to be the South Korea’s second largest automaker after Hyundai. The company unveiled its Kia Cross GT Concept SUV, which was undoubtedly one of the most stylish cars to be revealed during the entire Auto Show. As well as being elegant, the concept is also quite practical, as it features a plug-in hybrid transmission, ensuring a safe position of the car in the future, if produced.
Now, one of the most important points to make here is that, unlike most of the hybrid electric SUVs that are coming out recently, the Kia Cross GT concept is a full-size family SUV. Yes, it also has a third row of seats! This means that the Cross GT will take a place above the Kia Sorento, the company’s popular midsize crossover SUV. Consequently, the concept is longer by 8.4 inches and wider by 4.9 inches. The SUV will face competition from other SUVs in the same category that includes names like Chevrolet traverse and Honda Pilot.
Coming to the amazing hybridization principles that the concept uses, we must say that the vehicle has a pretty brutal engine. Well, we couldn’t find a better adjective for the growling 3800cc V6 under the hood of the SUV. The engine is perfectly capable of producing 333 horsepower and 291 lb of torque. – feet However, this is when the electrical hybridization system is not incorporated. Bring in the hybrid plug and experience the 400 horsepower burst of power the combination brings you! And if you thought this was enough, then the fact that this crazy combination is further paired with a crazy eight-speed automatic transmission system will just take your breath away. We would also like to mention that if you run out of gas and need to refill your tank, then you’d better find a service station within a 20 mile radius as that’s all the vehicle can get if it runs solely with electricity. .
The Cross GT Concept not only aims at better protection of the environment by using a plug-in hybrid unit, it also does so by making extensive use of eco-friendly material for the interiors. Now this does not mean that interiors are lacking in class! Enter the cockpit and find all the luxurious innovations that the company has carried out with environmentally friendly materials!
Did we say something about the exteriors? Do not? Well, take a look for yourself and then reflect on the fact that what a great job the South Korean company has done! With the beautiful grille and eye-catching LED headlights, the vehicle looks spectacular! Furthermore, the rear appearance of the concept is equally impressive. We also liked the air vents that are mounted on the sides of the vehicle. But the only thing that made us live with the concept is the multi-panel skylight on the roof, which incorporates glass panels in unique shapes. We hope to see the beast on the streets soon!