The 2012 Chicago Auto Show was a little bit light on new product introduction but one vehicle that got a lot of attention and could be considered one of the Chicago show’s hits was the Kia Trackster concept. The Trackster, based on Kia’s popular Soul small five door two-box design, is a bit more compact than the Soul, having just two doors and a hatch. It’s a bit more aggressive than the Soul, with a sloping roofline that gives the car a great stance. The front fascia features odd cross-shaped fog lamps but they sort of work. Like many concepts and performance cars lately, the Trackster features Aston-Martin One-77 inspired brake cooling gills. The concept is spec’d with a 250 HP turbo engine and AWD. The car was driven out onto the stage so it might actually have the specified equipment. At the very least you can expect the next generation Soul to carry some of the styling of the Trackster. Kia said that they have no production plans but with such a positive reaction from the press and the public, they may reconsider those plans.
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