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Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept Confirmed for Chicago Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/5/2015 Jason Udy
Kia Trailster e AWD rear teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Kia Trailster e AWD rear teaser

A few years ago, Kia showed the Track’ster concept that was based on the Soul hatchback and was modified for track duty with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive. Now the Korean automaker has confirmed another all-wheel-drive, Soul-based concept: the Kia Trail’ster e-AWD concept, which will make its official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next week.

Kia announced last month that an all-wheel-drive variant of the Soul would be shown at Chicago. The automaker previously released a teaser image of the hatchback sporting lower body cladding similar to that found on the Audi Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country. Although few details have been released, the automaker has released a second teaser image of the Kia Trail’ster e-AWD concept on a dirt road.

Kia Soul Concept Teaser Chicago© Provided by MotorTrend Kia Soul Concept Teaser Chicago

The automaker says the “rugged” Trail’ster e-AWD concept aligns “form and function to conceive a uniquely compelling vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer.” While we initially thought the e-AWD concept would be based on the Soul EV, Kia says the turbocharged Trail’ster e-AWD concept features a “smartly integrated rear electric all-wheel-drive system,” which suggests that an internal combustion engine will power the from wheels and an electric motor will power the rear wheels. Similar to the setup used in the Lexus RX 450h. Additionally, the concept is said to feature a fully-retractable canvas roof.

We will find out more when the Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept is revealed at the Chicago auto show next week.

Related Link: Research the 2015 Kia Soul

Source: Kia


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