Things are shaping up nicely for next week's Chicago Auto Show, key among them this new Kia concept called Track'ster. Riffing on the Korean automaker's hit Soul compact, the Track'ster keeps much of the small car's boxy style, but turns the wick up considerably by scrubbing the rear doors, fitting a gaping front end, substituting massive showcar wheels and dramatically lowering the right height.

This isn't the first time Kia has toyed with the idea of a Soul spinoff – at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, it presented the Soul'ster, a rough-and-tumble concept vehicle with a small pickup bed. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the Soul'ster was understood to be under consideration for production, but its hopes reportedly fizzled due to the economic meltdown.

Despite being on the market since 2008, the Soul continues to pick up momentum in chunks. Thanks in part to a refresh for 2012 that addresses hopes for more powerful drivetrains, the Soul has emerged as one of Kia's best sellers – last month, it was only slightly outdistanced by the Optima midsize sedan, and it's outpacing Sorrento, which was Kia's best-seller last year.

Will Kia finally pull the trigger on a Soul variant? We should know more after the Track'ster makes the show circuit rounds.


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      Mohammed Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the droopy a$$ roofline mandatory?
      Luis Camino
      • 2 Years Ago
      skoda joyster anyone?
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luis Camino
        Bingo, they even ripped off the name.
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      Chase Bryant
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see GMC Granite all over this.
      Kevin C. Barnes
      • 2 Years Ago
      KIA Swift?
      Darius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow the haters are in full force today...Looks nothing like a Mini Cooper. Also nice try dohc73 but every new Kia has received a high residual value rating by ALG and if you fail to believe me simply google it. Hopefully Kia will offer this with their new turbo engines.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Darius
        LOL, A Ford F150 looks "nothing" like a Mini. This definitely looks "something" like a Mini.
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's going to look like the Soul -- which looks like nothing else on the road, and is selling like hotcakes. Have fun, haters!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia's have horrible resale value; Mini has stellar resale value.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini RIPOFF
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      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      so...is this the kia veloster? a tall one? basically? probably with the turbo...some 247 hp, doubt it...the turbo 1.6 is believable, as in veloster turbo....hey...the more cool cars on the road, the better, even if i'm not driving it...
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