Kia showcased at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show the all-new Trail’ster Concept, a vehicle that features an electric all-wheel drive system using an electric motor to spin the rear wheels. This means that the Trail’ster Concept offers off-road capabilities without sacrifice the fuel economy.
What’s more interesting is that if the Trail’ster will enter production, fuel economy would be targeted at a 25-30 percent improvement in city driving and 5-10 percent in highway driving over the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered Soul.
According to Kia, the electric propulsion system takes its energy from a 1.2 kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery that powers a 27 kW, 270 volt AV synchronous permanent magnet electric motor that produces 35 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, the Trail’ster Concept carries a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that generates 188 hp (138 kW) and 251 Nm (185 lb-ft). The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 220 hp and 285 lb-ft (386 Nm).
Kia’s new concept can also act as an electric vehicle and has a range of two to three miles. When it comes to design, the Trail’ster Concept features armored aluminum skid plates, a roll-top canvas roof as well as a stylish Polar Snowdrift exterior paint and contrasting Terra Bronze Metallic tone of the roof.