Kia Trail’ster Concept
Kia showcased an experimental all-wheel-drive hybrid system in this concept version of its Soul compact crossover. It features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels and a small lithium-battery-powered electric motor driving the rear wheels. The electric motor works mostly in conjunction with the gasoline engine; its small battery pack only offers a few miles of range on its own. If put into production on a vehicle like the Kia Soul, the system would offer 25 to 30 percent better fuel economy in city driving and a 5 to 10 percent improvement on the highway. Kia also announced minor styling tweaks to its Rio sedan and hatchback for the 2016 model year.
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