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Kia Debuts Hybrid Concept With Electric AWD

February 12, 2015

Photo of Trail'ster concept courtesy of Kia Motors.
Photo of Trail'ster concept courtesy of Kia Motors.

Kia Motors has provided more details about its concept Trail'ster, a hybrid concept vehicle with a rear axle-mounted electric all-wheel-drive system that's breaking cover at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Trail'ster, which is based on the production Kia Soul, is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 185 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. The hybrid system also includes a rear-mounted electric motor. The six-speed transmission is paired with an electric all-wheel-drive system designed for "low-speed assist, enhanced launch acceleration and improved traction in inclement weather or off-road situations."

The Trail’ster’s electric propulsion system draws energy from a 1.2 kWh lithium ion polymer battery powering a 27 kW, 270-volt AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor outputting 35 hp and 100 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. The Trail'ster generates a total output of 220 hp and 285 lb.-ft. of torque.

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