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With its nameplate revealed recently in a second teaser, the Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept has been officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

“The Trail’ster concept is a near-future look at how the production Kia Soul would logically evolve into an AWD-capable version that’s built to escape the city streets and roam into the mountain wilderness,” said Kia Design Centre of America (KDCA) Chief Designer Tom Kearns.

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Based on the production Soul, the concept wears a Polar Pearl Snowdrift exterior paint with contrasting Terra Bronze Metallic tone of the roof and lower cladding, and 19-inch alloy wheels with anodised fire-red accents. Flanking its signature grille, a set of K900-style projector headlamps with advanced LED technology DRLs. At the back, the LED tail-lamps are built into durable, rugged light housings.

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It also gets aluminium cladding around the entire vehicle, a full-length, weatherproof rollback canvas roof, integrated roof rack fittings with aluminium cross rails, and large fog lamps.

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Inside, there’s brown leather combined with aluminium accents and a sturdy centre console with a thickset gear shifter, AWD controls and a bright red ignition button.

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Under the hood sits a 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine pushing 185 hp and 251 Nm of torque at the front wheels and a 35 hp, 135 Nm, electric motor at the rear axle, making the the Trail’ster an electric all-wheel-drive (e-AWD) system.

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through a six-speed automatic transmission, matched to an electric all-wheel drive system on the rear axle intended for low-speed assist, enhanced launch acceleration and improved traction in inclement weather or off-road situations. It’s enhanced with a Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and an electrically driven A/C compressor. The electric motor also acts as a generator to recover kinetic energy and recharge the battery when the vehicle is braking or coasting.



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