When Kia launched the Track’ster Concept at the 2012 Chicago Motor Show, I’m pretty sure that you guys dreamed with a two-door Turbo-powered Soul in your own garage. Well, today according to Car and Driver report, Kia Motors America is still thinking about a production variant of the Track’ster, or a Soul two-door variant.
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In the U.S., its sales numbers lead those of subcompact crossover/wagon competitors such as the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, and Fiat 500L by a considerable margin.
The Kia Soul remains a five-door wagon of boxy and upright appearance, although its edges were softened considerably in the model’s 2014 overhaul. Now we hear that the Soul’s popularity has Kia seriously considering derivatives. Insiders have told us that a two-door version, such as the 2012 Track’ster concept, could be an addition to the lineup.
The Track’ster’s powertrain, which includes a 1.6 Turbo GDi engine delivering 250-hp, is another possibility: “The engine would fit under the hood of the Soul,” we are told by one company official in the know. Actually, the horsepower infusion is a great idea, even if Kia decides not to do a Soul-based coupe.
What do you think? Would you buy one?