This bold sketch is our first look at the Track'ster, a concept car that Kia will unveil next week at the Chicago auto show. The concept was penned by Kia's California design studio in order to explore the possibilities for future variants of the Soul hatchback.
"If Soul is our rock star, Track’ster is its heavy metal companion," Kia said in a statement. The Track'ster is touted as a performance-inspired version of the company's Soul five-door hatch, and is said to foreshadow "what the Soul could someday be." It follows in the footsteps of the Soul'ster concept, a convertible model which bowed at the 2009 Detroit auto show.
The Track'ster is a bold three-door design with a raked roofline, large scallops in the doors and fenders, giant show-car wheels, and a small roof spoiler. The appearance in profile mirrors that of the Range Rover Evoque, and shares similar proportions to the Hyundai Veloster. Lead designer Tom Kearns apparently wanted the concept to match the "rebellious, individual, and urban character" of the normal Soul.
Although there are currently no plans for production, Kia says it envisages the Track'ster using a gasoline engine with about 247 hp. The regular Soul offers a choice between a 138-hp 1.6-liter inline-four and 164-hp 2.0-liter inline-four engine.
Kia will fully reveal the Track'ster concept Wednesday, February 8, at the Chicago auto show.