Last week, Kia brought a brand-new concept vehicle to the Chicago Auto Show: the Kia Trail’ster Concept. If you haven’t gotten a glimpse of this incredible off-road machine yet, allow us to enlighten you.
Based on the Kia Soul, just like the open-air Soul’ster concept unveiled in 2009 and the performance-focused Track’ster that was introduced in 2012, the off-roading Trail’ster concept offers its own unique twist on the funky Kia Soul.
The concept is an off-roading beast with upgraded bumpers, bolstered rocker panels, upgraded wheels, and bold crossover styling. The Trail’ster also comes with a fully-retractable canvas roof and features a unique electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system.
The e-AWD operates using both a gasoline engine and an electronic motor. The gas engine will power the front wheels, while the electronic motor will power the rear wheels. Digitaltrends.com suggests that this new drivetrain system could be used to power a future AWD Soul EV, or even a more aggressive off-roader designed to compete with the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
Here at Bill Walsh Kia, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any future mentions of the Trail’ster in relation to Kia’s production line. We hope we will get to see elements of the concept in a production vehicle in the next couple of years!