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Kia has debuted its Cross GT at the Chicago Auto Show. The concept offers a view of what the company is exploring, the potential to offer a larger, more premium offering than the current Sorento.

Measuring in 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 that the Sorento. It’s also wider by 12 cm, but is 4 cm lower less than the latter.

The hybrid follows on that initialised by the GT four-door sports sedan concept from Frankfurt two years ago. While based on the GT’s chassis, the Cross GT is penned by the company’s North American design centre as opposed to the former’s European composition.

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Nonetheless, the Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-drive stablemate, with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture, its exterior dressed in a Fusion Copper finish.

Power comes courtesy of a 3.8 litre V6, backed by an evolution of the company’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and transmission. Total system output is 298 kW (400 hp) and 678 Nm, and the eight-speed automatic and torque-vectoring AWD-equipped vehicle has an all-electric range of 32 km.

Key design elements include dual rear-hinged doors, which offer easier access to the four-seater’s rear bucket seats, as well as a a cargo compartment with a “clam shell” design, incorporating a traditional glass hatch and a tailgate. Plenty of light in that cabin too, with a multi-panelled sky light, replete with hexagonal glass inserts, helping things along.