Kia Trackster isometric view

Do Two Soulful Concepts Light the Way Ahead for Kia?

Kia Trackster Vs. Kia Trailster Comparison and Future

Kia’s recent history has made them a leader in automotive value across the market. It’s also been a period, however, that has seen the company – once known for producing only inexpensive cars devoid of features and power – transform into an authoritative thought leader in the fields of automotive design and engineering. This has made paying attention to Kia’s concepts an important endeavor for those looking to see where the industry is headed.

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Today, we’re going to be looking at two concepts that have long passed, but likely show us the eventual direction Kia is going to take one of its most popular models.

With the new generation 2020 Kia Soul out, two concepts provided a lot of clarity over what Kia is doing with the subcompact crossover. They may also give us a good picture of where Kia is hoping the Soul will wind up.

Kia Track’ster and Kia Trail’ster Concepts

All the way back in those halcyon days of 2012 and 2015, Kia put two small SUVs forward that signified the direction they were eventually headed on the Kia Soul subcompact crossover.

Kia Track’ster

Debuting at the Chicago Auto Show in 2012, the Kia Track’ster was a 247-horsepower, manual-transmission (6-speed, short-throw), all-wheel-drive Kia Soul. It also featured a lowered suspension for improved handling and minimized body roll. A large intake grille, carbon fiber accents and LED lighting secured the Track’ster’s spot as a performance hot hatchback that would look great on the road to this day.

Also, its tail end is reminiscent of the all-new 2020 Kia Soul.

front of Kia track'ster crossover

rear of kia track'ster crossover

Kia Trail’ster

We’ve highlighted the Kia Trail’ster before in an article we published speculating on whether the Kia Soul would eventually get AWD or not. Debuting in 2015, the Kia Trail’ster was a remix on the second-generation Kia Soul and brought all-wheel drive (made for overlanding more than track days like the Track’ster), a higher ground clearance and a hybrid powertrain that put out a combined 220 horsepower to the sports box crossover.

The interior grab handle found its way into a much larger model in the 2020 Kia Telluride.

front of kia trail'ster concept

interior of kia trail'ster concept

What Do the Track’ster and Trail’ster Show Us About Kia’s Motivators?

With elements from these models persisting today, we think they show us that the Soul was always meant to be a vehicle that diverged into two paths. The first, a beautiful and track-ready performance hatchback with plenty of horsepower, an all-wheel-drive system for instant power delivery and striking exterior elements like full LED lighting. We think this legacy is best seen in the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line and 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo trim levels.

The second is best visible in the 2020 Kia Soul X-Line and it is Kia’s ability to provide confident overland experiences in their most popular Kia Soul.

We think the fact that both of these concepts have all-wheel drive is a pretty telling predictor about whether or not the Soul will ever feature this excellent all-weather drive type.

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