Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept unveiling at Chicago Auto Show next week

Kia has released this teaser photo of it’s all wheel drive, plug-in hybrid Kia Trail’ster concept vehicle. Kia will unveil the turbocharged concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next week.

“Aligning form and function to conceive a uniquely compelling vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America will take the wraps off the rugged Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. With its bold design, fully retractable canvas roof and smartly integrated rear electric all-wheel drive system, the turbocharged Trail’ster takes Kia’s iconic Soul to a new level of expression, efficiency and capability.”

“Kia Motors America will unveil an advanced and capable electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. This bold off-roader was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers seeking the ultimate urban escape.”

“Intended to enable a wide array of outdoor activities from skiing and snowboarding, to camping, hiking and mountain biking, this rugged runabout captures the essence of adventuring at higher elevations with the promise of surefootedness in the wild.”

The Kia Trail’ster concept will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, February 12, at 9 a.m. CT.

With the limited information, it’s hard to say exactly what this vehicle will be – is it going to be a gasoline front wheel drive Soul with a rear electric motor? Or will it be a new vehicle? Perhaps a CUV or small SUV to compete against the upcoming North American availability of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid?

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