Although the production model is still under the question mark and not officially confirmed, it is very likely that we are about to see the all new 2018 Kia Trailster. The Trailster Concept model has already been presented as the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. It is based on the Kia Soul model but it looks more rugged and it is more off-road oriented. As well, it is inspired by the Kia’s 2009 Soulster and 2012 Trackster concepts. The Concept model features as well an electric all-wheel drive configuration.
The new Kia features aggressive and bold styling, luxurious cabin and a hybrid engine under its hood. It could be a good choice for those who are looking for an efficient and functional vehicle which in the same time great the city driving and some light off-road adventures. All in all, the new Kia Trailster will definitively be eye-catching and very popular after it hits the global market. The main competitors of this multi-terrain vehicle will be Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek.
2018 Kia Trailster powertrain and performance
Under the hood of the brand new 2018 Kia Trailster, we won’t find the same engine which powers the current Soul model. Instead, it will get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit will be able to develop 185 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and the power will be sent to front wheels. However, it remains the question about the new e-AWD system. The thing is that the traditional engine will be combined with a 27 kW AC electric motor and a 1.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery which will send power to the rear wheels when needed. This electric motor will have the output of 35 hp and the torque of 100 pound-feet. It means that all together they will be able to make 220 horses and 285 lb-ft of torque.
As for the fuel efficiency, the new Trailster should show better ratings than the current Soul. It is rated at around 30 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to the exterior, the 2018 Kia Trailster will feature bold, attractive and a bit aggressive design. The Concept model appeared in Polar Pearl Snowdrift exterior color combined with Terra Bronze Metallic details which associate on snow and mud in spring. Furthermore, the front end features a thin grille which extends through the square headlamps which are obviously inspired by those found on K900 luxury sedan. Lower, we can notice rounded LED fog lights which will give it bolder appearance.
The “earthy combination” of the exterior will continue into the cabin too. The 2018 Kia Trailster will feature some interesting aluminum details and high-gloss accents which will give it more luxurious look. The seats will be upholstered in quality brown leather and will be very cozy.
Release date and price
It is still too early to talk about the release date of the 2018 Kia Trailster since there is still no official information. As for the price, some sources say that we can expect the price of roughly $30,000.