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Kia Cross GT Concept

Kia Cross GT Concept

The Kia Cross GT Concept has been revealed at the manufacturers home motor show in Seoul. Joining the smart new CUB concept on the show stand, the huge sevenseat SUV concept is roughly based on the Kia Sorento and was developed by the brands North American design team.

First shown at the Chicago Motor Show last month, the dimesions have grown by a massive 400mm between the wheels to extend the cabin area to over three meters in length thats almost as big as luxury limos like the Lexus LS while it is also 120mm wider and sits lower to the road than its donor car.

The design is also much more dramatic than the Sorento, with massive alloy wheels, a single piece glass tailgate and hexagonal roof lights, plus a set of stylish wraparound LED rear lights. A cockpit style dash board with TFT layered displays, four individually floating seats and a large raised luggage space is a far cry from the sevenseat practicality of the Sorento.

Under the bonnet, theres a 3.8litre V6 petrol engine combined with a flat electric motor that sits between the engine and the gearbox and gives a combined output of 400bhp and 687Nm of torque. The Cross GT also gets torquevectoring allwheel drive and a 20 mile electric only range.

However, due to its huge size the Cross GT Concept is likely to be aimed squarely at the US market if a production version is built, as Kia would be keen to rival the forthcoming Volkswagen Cross Blue model.