Kia Mo­tors Amer­ica goes elec­tric with all-wheel-drive Trail’ster con­cept

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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

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