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Kia Cross GT unveiled in Chicago

Kia Cross GT unveiled in Chicago

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Kia yesterday unveiled its new Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

This boldly styled, powerful-looking premium crossover shares bloodlines with the 2014 Kia Sorento, but appears even more imposing. It was penned in Irvine, California, by the same design studio that created the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts, and most recently the all-new production 2014 Kia Forte sedan.

Featuring rear-hinged rear doors, the Kia Cross GT easily accommodates four passengers and their cargo. A multipanel panoramic sunroof with hexagonal glass inserts lets daylight into the cabin and enhances the vehicle's upscale looks.

As for motivation, the Kia Cross GT uses a parallel hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8L V6 with a flat electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, they generate 500 lb-ft of torque and 400 horsepower, while allowing an all-electric range of 20 miles (32 km).

Kia Cross GT concept
Photo: Kia