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Kia unveils Cross GT hybrid concept at Chicago show

Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia’s intentions for the possible offer of a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento.

Kia Cross GT Concept Click to enlarge.

Backing the V6 is an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between a 3.8-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor is neatly packaged under the rear floor.

Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce 500 lb-ft (678 N·m ) of torque and 400 horsepower (298 kW), with an all-electric range of 20 miles (32 km). The concept, notes James Hope, Product Communications, Kia Motors America, “is not a plug-in. The concept is just that, a concept.



I do not understand. If it's not a plug-in, how can it have an all electric range of 20 miles ? To have an all electric range a car has to be a plug-in. Am I missing something ?

Otherwise, this car really looks very cool and seems like it would be very advanced as well as fuel efficient. Also it happens to exactly represent what I am looking for in cars these days. So, I strongly hope it will make its way into production. I already own a Kia Sorento, and think Kia makes great cars.


Another thing I do not understand. Why a 6 cylinder engine, as opposed to a 4 cylinder ? 4 cylinders seemingly contribute more towards fuel efficiency.


It is not a plug in hybrid car because it is not a car.
Nor is it an SUV nor a CUV.
It's a concept.


"..Kia’s parallel hybrid system", like a standard Prius.

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