Canadian debut of high-performance Soul-based concept
Aggressive design, all-wheel drive and 250 horsepower make for a weekend
MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Kia Canada Inc. took the wraps off
of the track-inspired Track'ster concept vehicle for its Canadian
premier at the Montreal Auto Show - a region which has a strong
automotive enthusiast following. The performance-oriented three-door
Soul coupe concept hints at what could possibly be the future design
language of Kia's popular Soul Urban Utility Vehicle, a redesign to be
launched later this year.
"The idea was to make the Track'ster tough looking, like a bulldog,"
explained Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia Motors America, leading
the charge for the concept's development. "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. It had to be
a bold interpretation that would change people's conceptions of what a
sporty Kia Soul could be."
Striking Exterior Design:
The Track'ster displays an energized attitude, beginning with its
eye-catching Whiteout and Inferno Orange exterior paint. The orange
paint acts as a contrast on the white, accentuating the sportiness of
the Track'ster as the shadows of the white paint draw out the
aggressive nature of the concept. Lightweight carbon fibre surrounds
Kia's signature grille, incorporating yet another aspect directly
related to racing into the exterior appeal. Integrated headlights,
featuring compelling LEDs pronounce the race presence strongly from the
front, as do the billet aluminum surrounded LED round fog lights, which
play off the trapezoidal features found throughout the concept.
Embraced between the fog lights is an oversized lower intake grille,
capable of cooling the engine bay even under the most grueling driving
conditions. The menacing front end is completed with a lower valance,
trimmed in carbon fibre and Inferno Orange paint, riding just inches
off the ground.
Aggressive front fender flares with custom HRE-K1 monoblock billet
performance wheels tucked beneath each corner. The wheels are wrapped
in 245/40-19-inch front and massive 285/35-19-inch rear Michelin Pilot
Sport PS2 high-performance tires. The wheelbase on the concept is
stretched to 2,570 mm, 20 mm more than the production Soul. As expected
on a vehicle with the Track'ster's performance intentions, large 355 mm
Brembo vented and cross-drilled disc brakes are embraced by six-piston
calipers in the front and 345 mm discs are paired with four-piston
calipers at the rear.
The Soul's iconic angled roof carries forward on the Track'ster,
however, on closer inspection Soul fans will notice that the concept
has gone way with the rear doors. The front doors have been extended
and decked with billet push-style handles, echoing the other billet
aluminum finishes on the exterior. Similar in style to the lower front
valance with Inferno Orange accenting, carbon fibre lower side valances
incorporate functional rear-brake cooling ducts.
With a look and name such as Track'ster, it is clear that performance is
the concept vehicles top priority. A 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4
engine pumps out 250 horsepower to the pavement, a 66 per cent increase
over a production Soul. An electronically controlled four-wheel-drive
system connects the power to the road, while a short-throw 6-speed
manual transmission, fitted with a racing inspired spherical shift
lever gives the driver ultimate control. The Track'ster is lowered on
sport suspension tuned specifically for track performance.
Opening the driver's door reveals details that continue from the
exterior into the light and airy interior. The Inferno Orange colour
finds itself on the deeply bolstered suede-covered racing seats.
Granite Gray leather surrounds the entire interior landscape, providing
a feeling of strength and stability. Granite Gray suede wraps the sport
steering wheel and door panels as well. The instrument cluster glows in
a deep red, housing the primary information in a large and easily
readable manner. Auxiliary vehicle information is found atop the centre
dash panel, while navigation, entertainment and HVAC controls are
accessed through a large touch-screen located above the push-button
Behind the front seats is where the Track'ster takes a leap away from
Soul similarities. The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a
fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well. Large paneled bins
stow racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while
emergency supplies are housed within a separate and highly visible
Inferno Orange container. A custom rear strut brace incorporates a
quick-release handle to allow for fast wheel changes.
The Kia Track'ster will be on display at Kia Canada's Montreal
International Auto Show pavilion from January 18 - 27, 2013, at the
Palais des congrès de Montrèal, level 7.
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of
Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and
services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte,
Optima and Sorento through a network of 180 dealers nationwide. Kia
Canada Inc. employs 161 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters
and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new
state-of-the-art facility to open in Montreal shortly. Kia's brand
slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global
commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring
experiences that go beyond expectations.
SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.
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