Kia Unveils Stunning New Cross GT Concept CUV At 2013 Chicago Auto Show

   Kia Unveils Stunning New Cross GT Concept CUV At 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Combining the Beauty and Elegance of the GT Concept with the Functionality of
a Crossover

- Inspired by the power of nature while pushing the boundaries of technology

- Cross GT takes Kia design in a bold new direction that hints at the future
of the brand's premium aesthetic in a larger package

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blurring the line between Kia's gorgeous
GT concept and a luxury CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA) today slipped the silk
off the beautiful Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Amid the
popping strobes of cameras, the Cross GT stunned onlookers with its elegant
yet powerful stance, confirming once again Kia's now-well-established
reputation for world-class design. The Cross GT seamlessly melds high
technology with nature, creating a harmonious partnership between driver and
vehicle that also respects our global environment. Purely conceptual, the
Cross GT reveals Kia's intentions to potentially offer a larger premium CUV
than the current Sorento.

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"The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a
design and a business perspective," noted Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors
Corporation president and global chief of design. "It beautifully illustrated
to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps
one day offering a full-size rear-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."

While the GT's lines were penned in Frankfurt, Germany, the Cross GT hails
from Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, Calif., the house that
breathed life into the Track'ster, KV7 and Soul'ster concepts, and most
recently the all-new production 2014 Forte sedan. Based on the GT chassis,
the Cross GT's proportions are similar to its rear-drive stablemate with short
overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture. But the Cross
GT offers even greater visibility thanks to its taller stature and features
all-wheel drive for improved performance and all-weather capability.

Drawing inspiration from nature, driven by technology and bathed in gorgeous
Fusion Copper, the Cross GT is powered by an efficient hybrid powertrain that
looks to reduce the vehicle's carbon footprint while providing the
uncompromising performance that's expected of a large, luxury crossover.

Utilizing a state-of-the-art 3.8-liter V6 hybrid, 8-speed automatic and
torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, the Cross-GT's powertrain matches the
sophistication of the exterior and interior designs. Backing the V6 is an
evolution of Kia's parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor
sandwiched between the V6 and transmission. The electric motor is neatly
packaged under the rear floor. Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce
500 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower, with an all-electric range of
20-miles - sufficient to enable exhilarating performance, while delivering
superior fuel economy and fuel efficiency.

While strictly a concept powertrain, Kia's proven hybrid technology, combined
with all-wheel drive are thought-provoking ideas that may one day find their
way into a production vehicle.

While clearly a member of the same bloodline as the award-winning Sorento, the
Cross GT cuts an even more imposing figure. At 122.0 inches, the Cross GT's
wheelbase is longer than Sorento's by 15.7 inches, and its overall length of
192.8 inches is 8.4 inches greater than Sorento. The 79.1-inch width is 4.9
inches wider than Sorento, but the Cross GT's overall height of 65.3 inches is
actually 1.6 inches shorter, giving the concept a lower roofline than most
large CUVs. The Cross GT is designed to easily accommodate four passengers
and their cargo in luxurious surroundings, but the large greenhouse, airy
cabin and gently sloping hood give the Cross GT a nimble feel that's at home
in crowded urban environments.

The Cross GT's sophisticated image is enhanced by the dual rear-hinged doors,
more commonly referred to as "suicide" doors. The unique configuration allows
for easy access to the rear bucket seats and affords generous views of the
Cross GT's premium textures and materials. The cargo compartment is accessed
through a "clam shell" design that incorporates a traditional glass hatch and
a tailgate. Use of advanced LED technology creates a strong and unique
lighting identity that dramatically highlights Kia's signature grille.
Letting light into the cabin is a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal
glass inserts that enhance the Cross GT's premium design aesthetic.

Inside, the Cross GT exemplifies modern luxury while remaining firmly grounded
in nature. Anchored to the central tunnel, the four Almond-Terra-colored
leather-covered bucket seats appear to float within the cabin, lending an
open, modern feel. Inspired by fine equestrian saddles, the seats feature
contrasting stitching and are tanned with vegetable oil using natural dyes and
no chemicals. Use of re-harvested American Walnut across the sweeping
instrument panel and 100 percent eco-friendly renewable wool felt throughout
the vehicle also add to the Cross GT's environmentally friendly appeal. 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
have the ability to access the Internet and infotainment options through flat
panel screens mounted to the headrests of the front seats. A large storage
compartment has been incorporated beneath the flat load floor in the cargo
area behind the rear seats.

So just how much of the Cross GT is concept and how much is reality? "As
witnessed by the introduction of the all-new Cadenza at the recent Detroit
Auto Show, our customers are looking to the Kia brand to offer relevant
vehicles in the premium segments that take value to new levels of
sophistication," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing
and communications, KMA. "The Cross GT is the next logical step in that
evolution. And while only a concept today, it signals one possible design
direction we may explore for the future."

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its record-breaking momentum with seven all-new or
significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013.
Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the
U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia
– Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of
more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built*
Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte
compact sedan, 5-door compact hatchback and Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and
Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will
continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value,
advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography,
visit www.kiamedia.com.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Website: http://www.kia.com
Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com; James Hope, Kia
Motors America, +1-949-468-1874, jhope@kiausa.com
 
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