Kia Cross GT Hybrid SUV Concept Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show Photo:

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Mike Stevens | Feb, 08 2013 | 2 Comments

The new turbocharged Cerato Hatch wasn't Kia's only trick at today's Chicago Auto Show, with the new Cross GT SUV concept also unveiled.

Billed as a large luxury hybrid-powered SUV, the Cross GT is both larger than the big Sorento - suggesting it will not replace the current model - and more upmarket in its intent.

The Cross GT is built on the same platform that underpins the GT four-door coupe concept, featuring a long wheelbase and short overhangs at both ends.

Kia's familiar 'tiger nose' grille design dominates the front end, with an inverted mesh grille bordered by a bold chrome frame.

The big SUV's slender headlights also suggest a possible new step in Kia's next-generation styling, moving away from the large - and still fresh - headlight design of the brand's newest models.

Inside, the Cross GT showcases the usual concept appointments, with re-harvested American Walnut highlights and "100 percent eco-friendly" wool felt featured throughout.

A large touch screen offers controls for climate, telematics and infotainment, actioned through a central control on the console.

Power for the big SUV is provided by a new all-wheel-drive hybrid system, matching Hyundai-Kia's 3.8 litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor houses in front of the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Kia says the system will produce a combined 298kW and 677Nm of torque, and an all-electric driving range of around 32km is possible.

Both the SUV and the hybrid system are described as a strictly concept-only experiment, it is likely we can expect this new style and technology to filter down to future Kia models.

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