Kia Motors America goes electric with all-wheel-drive Trail’ster concept
Kia Motors America revealed the boldly designed Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Based on the brand’s Soul urban passenger vehicle, the turbocharged Trail’ster — with its roll-top canvas roof and armoured aluminium skid plates — is an advanced and capable CUV intended for those looking to escape their urban environs in search of higherelevation playgrounds where snow, mud, streams and trails abound.
Efficient and lightweight, the Trail’ster is ideal for transporting adventurers and their gear.
The Trail’ster concept is built to escape the city streets and roam into the mountain wilderness Kia Design Centre America chief designer Tom Kearns said.
“It takes the go-anywhere capability of an SUV and reimagines it within a compact and sporty package with an expressive design to match.”
Underscoring Kia’s focus on all-wheel drive capability, the Trail’ster enables a wide array of mountain activities, from skiing and snowboarding to camping, hiking and mountain biking.
Whether it’s trekking up to a high, snowy summit or traipsing down a muddy fire road to a piney trailhead, the Trail’ster — thanks to a rear axle-mounted electric allwheel-drive system — is all about surefootedness in the wild.
Based on the production Soul, the Trail’ster’s overall shape and size are unmistakable, but the Trail’ster takes a dramatic departure from its production-car roots with styling and drivetrain components that turn Kia’s popular urban passenger vehicle into a rugged runabout.
The exterior colour was inspired by the earthy combination of springtime snow and mud, the terrain for which the Trail’ster has been created to travel confidently through on its way to outdoor destinations high above sea level.
Overhead, the Trail’ster features a full-length, weatherproof rollback canvas roof to create an open-sky environment for occupants to enjoy the outdoors even before reaching their chosen high ground. This fully retractable cover also helps lighten the vehicle and lowers the centre of gravity, promoting higher efficiency and improved dynamics.
The Trail’ster is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged fourcylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission, matched to an electric all-wheel-drive system on the rear axle.
For more information, call into Thompson Kia, Benalla Rd Shepparton. Or call Gary on 5822 2666.
The Trail’ster concept is built to escape the city streets and roam into the mountain wilderness