The Chicago Auto Show has come and gone, but at least one part of it will be sticking with Alan Jay Kia for some time. And that would be the all-new Kia Track'ster concept.
While images of a fierce roadster might pop into your head, we're here to tell you that this new concept is something much different... Though still quite performance driven. It's based on the 2012 Kia Soul, but takes some of its own creative liberties. Namely, the Kia Track'ster stands apart from its MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) counterpart by adopting a three-door coupe frame, lower stance, and speedier powertrain, all the while maintaining the distinct boxy look that we know and love.
"The idea was to make the Track'ster tough-looking, like a bulldog," said Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia's design studio in California. "We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people's conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be."1
Kia Track'ster Concept At a Glance- Engine: 185kW, 2-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder
- Transmission: Six-speed manual
- Performance: 250 Horsepower
- Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
Sound like the kind of style and performance that you could really get behind? Unfortunately, Kia has no plans to bring it into the world of production just yet. But we're taking that statement with a grain of salt. After all, Kia wouldn't have gone through the process of making such a daring concept if they didn't plan on using it in some way in the new Kia lineup.