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This Is Some Of Kia's Soul-Based E-AWD Trail'ster Concept

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Kia's planning on unveiling their Soul-based Trail'ster e-AWD concept at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, but they're just so damn excited they couldn't help but release this picture, seemingly taken by a dog. This should be a fun concept, and, unlike the other Soul-based "-ster" concepts, maybe it'll actually get made.

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Illustration for article titled This Is Some Of Kias Soul-Based E-AWD Trailster Concept

In 2009, Kia had their Soul'ster concept, a fun little Soul-based truck. In 2012 they had the Track'ster, a cut-down 2-door, 250 HP hot-hatch. Both were fun, but both also incorporated some pretty heavy body modifications to the Soul, which made actual production seem fairly unlikely.

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The Trail'ster appears to be different. The basic body seems to be retained from the normal Soul, with the addition of an e-AWD system and, what sounds most fun to me, a LeCar/2CV-style full-length canvas folding roof. Their blurb with the picture also calls it the "turbocharged Trail'ster," which, to a cunning super-sleuth like myself, suggests the engine will have a turbo.

Earlier Trail'ster teasers show a beefed-up Soul with underbody plates and fun wheels, but so far nothing too radical for production:

Illustration for article titled This Is Some Of Kias Soul-Based E-AWD Trailster Concept

This new teaser picture also shows some fun taillight treatments, including some nice, big concentric circular lights with what may be a simple, but pleasingly utilitarian, rear fog lamp.

The e-AWD system is probably the easiest way to get to AWD as well, and I'm wondering if Kia may actually be serious about this as a possible Renegade/500x competitor. It wouldn't be the worst idea, really, so here's hoping they're not just jerk'stering our chain.

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DoglegFirst

Just give us the Santa Cruz