Kia Trail?ster e-AWD Concept Teased Photo:
Mike Stevens | Feb, 06 2015 | 0 Comments

Kia has released a new teaser for its coming electric or electric-assisted concept, based on the Soul crossover.

This latest teaser, a tightly-cropped view of the concept’s rear, also brings the first confirmation of its name: Trail’ster.

The theme of the Trail’ster’s name will be familiar to Kia fans, with past Soul-styled concepts including the original Soul’ster pickup and the more recent Track’ster powerhouse.

Details for the Trail’ster have yet to be revealed, although recent reports have suggested we will see a new all-wheel-drive version of Kia’s existing all-electric Soul EV, which entered production overseas last year.

However, it now appears likely that Kia is planning a version of its regular Soul that partners a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor.

This kind of system, which has also been demonstrated as a Subaru concept and with Peugeot Citroen’s Hybrid4 system, would see the front axle driven by a conventional engine and the rear wheels driven by an electric motor, creating a hybridised all-wheel-drive configuration.

As for its styling, the Trail’ster concept will boast a refreshed take on the new Soul’s looks, along with a ruggedised body-kit and, Kia says, a fully retractable canvas roof.

Watch for the Kia Soul Trail’ster to debut next week at the Chicago Auto Show.

MORE: Kia Soul EV | Kia Soul | EVs | Compact SUVs

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