Kia Teases New Concept Ahead of Chicago

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Kia's goal of becoming a premium brand continues apace with the new Cross GT Concept, due to premiere at the Chicago Auto Show next week.

Kia has announced that it will debut a new concept model at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show that begins next week. Called the Cross GT, there are few to no details about it at the moment but we can confirm is that is a luxury crossover. It'll also likely be larger than the Sorento, further indicating that Kia views itself as an up-and-coming luxury brand. Not that the Sorento is all that luxurious, but Kia has made clear in the past its intentions of going after the likes of Mercedes-Benz and other German brands.

Offering a large premium crossover would be a step in the right direction to help make that happen. This newly released teaser image of the Cross GT shows it'll wear the brand's signature "tiger nose" styling up front and the wheels that look similar to those on the Optima sedan. We really liked Kia's GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show (pictured), so we have high hopes for what the South Korean automaker has in store this time.

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