Unveiled in the stormy conditions at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Kia Trail’ster concept car is a Soul with buffer clothes and electric all-wheel drive. The Trail’ster keeps the retail Soul’s boxy outlook, but is styled with a new front guard similar to a slide plate, a whole lot of additional LED lighting, stout red-accentuated wheels, and a rollback canvas top. Also, it grew a bit higher than its predecessor, more exactly 2.5 inches.
Within the Trail’ster there is trimmed in brownish leather and displays manly touches such as a cumbersome shift lever, all-wheel drive controls, and a huge red ignition button. Complementing the Trail’ster’s harsh and- macho attitude there is an “e-AWD” framework. This system uses a traditional gas motor to power the front wheels, and an electric engine to source the back wheels, making the vehicle a half- half.
Power essentially comes from a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cy motor, which generates 185 pull and 185 of torque, and is connected to a six-speed autonomous transmission. Under specific circumstances, a back- mounted electric engine sourced by a 1.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack rolls in, bringing aggregate yield to 220 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. Expanded force and traction are accompanied by expanded fuel savings, as indicated by Kia.
The hybrid framework along with motor start-stop and an electric air cooling compressor prompt the carmaker to expect mileage upgrades of 25 to 30 percent in highway driving and 5 to 10 percent in city driving if the vehicle is to be compared with a 2.0-liter 2015 Soul.
Kia did not report any production plans. However, with its savvy all-wheel drive framework and the Soul’s now unique looks, the Trail’ster appears like it would be a worthy competitor of the 2015 Jeep Renegade, 2016 Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.
Much as Hyundai’s Santa Cruz Concept from Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Trail’ster Concept is intended to attract buyer who call the city their home but adore love road trips outside of it.
But some say the real news is not the new concept model but the distribution of the Soul EV to more dealerships. When Kia presented the Soul EV in Chicago a year ago, it said that the auto would appear five states: California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Today, the carmaker’s representatives said the auto will be arriving to other markets as well.
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