Kia Track'ster Concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Kia Track'ster concept

  • Looks like: Soul's portlier, menacing cousin
  • Defining characteristics: The body is low and long, with eye-catching Whiteout White and Inferno Orange paint colors and flared, sculpted front wheel arches
  • Ridiculous features: Taillamps that appear to be set into the rear glass
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Not a chance

Although most people already consider Kia's boxy Soul to be bold-looking, the automaker is ramping things up with a new Soul-based concept. The Track'ster takes the Soul's looks to new extremes with loud orange paint, exaggerated and enlarged wheel arches, a lowered stance and carbon-fiber exterior trim.

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"The idea was to make the Track'ster tough looking, like a bulldog. But the car had to be approachable as well. We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude," said Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia Motors America.

The concept trades the production Soul's four doors for two extra-long ones and rides on a stretched version of its platform. The Track’ster is almost an inch longer and more than 5 inches wider than the Soul. The all-wheel-drive concept is powered by a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission—much brawnier than the 2012 Soul's 135-hp 1.6-liter or 164-hp 2.0-liter engines.

The orange theme carries inside the Track'ster with matching suede racing seats. The rest of the cabin is trimmed in Granite Gray leather and suede. The concept lacks rear seats. In their place are bins to store racing and performance-enhancement equipment. 

The Track'ster concept marks the second time in the Soul's short history (it was new for model-year 2010) that Kia has based a concept off it. Track'ster follows the Soul'ster pickup-truck convertible concept that debuted at the 2009 Detroit auto show.

Kia has no plans to develop the Track'ster concept, but based on its history of modifying the Soul, we may soon see new iterations of the boxy subcompact.

Kia Track'ster Concept

Kia Track'ster Concept

Kia Track'ster Concept

Kia Track'ster Concept

Kia Track'ster Concept

Kia Track'ster Concept

Comments 

Ziggy

I could actually see this making it to production...not in it's concept form but as a two door Soul.

ermatthe

this looks pretty sweet! dang

cody

IMHO, the soul is the best looking of the box cars, and this definitely builds upon that. i hope a large amount of this makes it into production.

Amuro Ray

Boy, Kia/Hyundai just loves to copy someone else...even a concept!

In case you aren't familiar with Juke-R...

trippinjohn

please make me one without a roof.

jim

Nothing outside looks so radical as to keep it from being produced...
perhaps it lacks a buying demographic?

Dave

Dear Kia, I have a mid-life crisis going on. MAKE THIS CAR!!

M3

I am currently very seriously considering buying a new Soul, but I REALLY want THIS one instead! I don't need 4 doors, this 2 door is much more sporty looking. Kia PLEASE make this one a reality!

-G-

This is actually a VERY good looking car. I could see it being very popular if the price point was aggressive.

Belly

Like this a lot. A much better look version of Scion's Hako concept.

Really hope they produce something like this in the near future.

Belly

Dave T. - I also pretty classless comments like Mike's above don't add to the cache of Cars.com.

I am pretty sure he isn't calling this car bright or carefree.

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