2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview: Kia Track’ster Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2012

Kia revealed today the first photo with the Track'ster Concept, a concept based on the Soul city car. Set to make its debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, the new car previews the next-generation Kia Soul and promises to continue the success of the first generation model.

According to the manufacturer, the new concept was created in firm’s California design studio, the same place where the Soul'ster convertible concept was created. 

“Powerful, dynamic and aggressive, Kia's new concept car displays yet again the distinctive design direction that the South Korean manufacturer is taking. Track'ster is intended to be the ultimate sporting representation of Kia's Soul B- segment SUV. California studio Chief Designer Tom Kearns and his team have designed the Track'ster concept car in keeping with the Soul's rebellious, individual and urban character.Currently, there are no plans for Track'ster to enter production.” said the press release.

The Kia Trackster Concept was first seen at the Chicago Auto Show in 2012 and it was instantly a hit among car enthusiasts. The three-door Soul coupé concept car gives us a glimpse of the future design and features of the Kia Soul.

Kia Motors America chief designer Tom Kearns explains that they wanted to make the Trackster look tough, similar to a bulldog. But it also needed to be approachable. They also wanted a car that would be instantly recognizable as a Kia Soul with a whole lot of attitude mixed in. The concept car also needed a daring interpretation that would help re-shape how people see a sporty Kia.


The daring attitude that Kearns alluded to is attributed to the Inferno Orange and Whiteout color scheme. The white here speaks of complex shades and layers that give the car depth; meanwhile, the orange speaks of racing. The South Korean carmaker’s signature grille has an air intake slit and is surrounded by light carbon fiber. The LED headlights are smoothly embedded and swept back over the front wheel arches, while the lenses have deep recesses that follow the trapezoid theme used throughout the car.

But the most striking element is the lower intake grille that is surrounded by the LED driving lights with the aluminum surrounds. The concept car is more than able to take in large amounts of air to cool the engine. Then you have the lower valance that is surrounded by carbon fiber and has Inferno Orange accents. This is just a few inches above ground and gives the concept car its menacing look.

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