Kia breaks out Electric Hybrid AWD Concept at SEMA

KIA_Trailster_Concept Kia Motors has unveiled four new customized vehicles for SEMA Show in Vegas. Main highlights for Kia at SEMA include the Trail’ster electric hybrid AWD concept, Pacwest Sorento, Photo Safari Sedona and Forte Koup Mud Bogger.

Additionally, Kia is offering two addition customized vehicles just for visitors at SEMA. Let’s zoom in on the Trail’ster electric hybrid Concept, which is based on the Kia Soul. The turbocharged Trail’ster with its Polar Pearl Snowdrift/Terra Bronze Metallic bdy hue, roll-top canvas roof and armored aluminum skid plates captures the essence of an advanced and capable CUV. With its rugged, functional and upscale approach to an active mountain-focused lifestyle, Trail’ster was dreamt up at Kia’s California design studio, birthplace of the unforgettable Track’ster and GT4 Stinger concepts.

The exterior color of the Concept was inspired by the earthy combination of springtime snow and mud, as well as the terrain for which the Trail’ster has been created to travel confidently through on its way to outdoor destinations high above sea level. The Polar Pearl Snowdrift exterior paint is a modern neutral color, against which the warm and contrasting Terra Bronze Metallic tone of the roof and lower cladding brings connection to the soft dirt of roads less traveled.

Kia PacWest Adventure Sorento

Designed and hand-built by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports, the exterior of the PacWest Adventure Sorento is the product of a labor-intensive, completely custom, multi-layer painting process utilizing pearls and candy effects that give the vehicle an ever-changing chameleon effect. All chrome accents are painted matte black to provide some visual toughness to the Sorento’s sporty appearance. The customized Sorento is also equipped with twin LED low-profile light bars, one of which is mounted within the tubular sculpture of the front bumper, the other nestled into the roof rack.

To provide the PacWest Adventure Sorento with go-anywhere capability, LGE-CTS fabricated an all-new front under carriage assembly to allow for greater wheel travel and a taller stance. At the rear, retooled and lengthened connecting and trailing arms better locate the tires for off-road excursions and lend to the vehicle’s menacing stance. In all, the PacWest Adventure Sorento rides six inches higher than a standard Sorento. The high-riding suspension enabled LGE-CTS to bolt on some serious off-road footwear in the form of LT285/70R17 Nitto Trail Grappler M/Ts, which are wrapped around a set of BMF’s new S.S.D. 17×8.5-in. beadlock-style wheels lurking beneath custom fender flares.

The stock Sorento’s 290 horsepower and 341 Nm (252 lb.-ft.) of torque are enough for anything short of a vertical climb, but the new WFJ snorkel intake system allows the PacWest Adventure Sorento to be a land-based submersible.

Kia Photo Safari Sedona

The Photo Safari Sedona takes the term multi-purpose vehicle to another level. What began as a standard eight-passenger Sedona minivan has been transformed to a two-passenger image-capturing machine. Designed and crafted by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports with multiple custom features, this very capable on- and off-road vehicle can be put to the test with endless possibilities for photographers to capture and edit still images and videos, day or night, while traveling throughout the scenic Northeastern regions of theStates.

In looks, the Photo Safari Sedona is equipped with a Street Scene Speed Grille and Hellwig Auto level airbag suspension system for automatic ride height adjustment. Designed for use day or night, the Photo Safari Sedona incorporates ultra-bright 6-inch. KC HiLites pro-sports gravity LED lights on all four sides of the vehicle. An easy-to-spot dash-mounted Daystar switch panel helps instantly turn a darkened glen to daylight. The Photo Safari Sedona has on- and off-road capability with Nitto Dura Grappler 265/65R17 tyres wrapped around 17-inch Method “Rally” wheels bathed in a matte gold finish.

Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger

As the codename denotes, the Forte Koup Mud Bogger is purpose-built for off-road fun and the kind of ride you might find when wanderlust takes you down the road less traveled. To further accommodate the massive wheel and tyre combo, the fenders and side skirts were modified and custom riveted fender flares added. Additionally, the Koup was fitted with a hand-built, white-powder-coated brush guard and a Rigid LED light bar to protect the Midnight Sapphire Forte Koup from the terrain, day or night. Furthermore, a panoramic roof with a vinyl pushback top gives way to the stripped-down interior where the carpet has been removed and the entire floor is lined with Line-X protective coating. The stock seats of the Forte Koup have also been replaced with two Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats with Sparco 4PT Snap-In Harnesses and a Sparco L575 steering wheel. Roll cages are required equipment when pounding through sludge, and the Forte Koup Mud Bogger incorporates a hand-built roll cage powder coated white to match the wheels.

Kia FORTE KOUP MUD BOGGERKia SAFARI SEDONAKia Pacwest Adventure Sorento

Edited: Kia Motors

 

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