Cross GT Seoul-01

Next to that cute little yellow Cub is a big boy, the Kia Cross GT. While the concept isn’t new – it made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show last month – it’s still fresh and these live pics from Seoul show the (large) scale of the car better.

The Cross GT offers a view of what Kia is exploring: the potential to offer a larger, more premium offering than the current Sorento SUV. Think of it as a Kia Mohave segment car but reimagined as a CUV instead of a full fledged SUV. At 3.09 metres-long, the Cross GT’s wheelbase is longer than the Sorento’s by 40 cm, and its overall length of 4.89 metres is 21 cm more. It’s also wider by 12 cm, but sits lower.

Penned by Kia’s North American design centre, the Cross GT follows the same theme as the GT sports sedan concept from Frankfurt 2011, with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture. That paint finish is called Fusion Copper, by the way.

Power is courtesy of a 3.8 litre V6, backed by an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and transmission. Total system output is 400 hp and 678 Nm, and the eight-speed auto and torque-vectoring AWD-equipped vehicle has an all-electric range of 32 km.