Rumors about an all-wheel-drive Kia Soul have been circulating for years now, but it looks like the model could be on the verge of appearing. Kia has just released a teaser of a new all-wheel-drive concept vehicle it will be debuting at the Chicago Auto Show, and it’s not hard to see that this is some sort of Soul-based product.

The most intriguing part of this concept vehicle is that it will use an electric AWD (e-AWD) system. Now, it isn’t clear Kia will use a fully electric car with AWD or if it might be plug-in version of a standard Soul using the conventional front-engine/front-drive setup and adding electric motors to power the rear wheels.

Even though Kia only supplied a single image showing the front of the car in profile, it’s easy to see some of the changes that should give this concept a stockier, SUV-like appearance. These include what looks to be a taller ride height, plastic cladding around the wheel openings along with more aggressive fascia, and a larger wheel and tire combo. Kia has a track record of showing two-door and even pickup-truck concept versions of the Soul, so there is no word as to what Kia has in store for the rest of this particular car.

The good news is that there isn’t much longer to wait to find out as Kia will unveil the concept on February 12.

Click past the jump to read more about Kia’s future concept car.

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Kia Teases New Concept For 2015 Chicago Auto Show Exterior
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The second-generation Kia Soul has been a rampant success for Kia in its two years on the market, and it looks like the funky little hatchback could be getting a new all-wheel-drive version previewed by this new concept vehicle (in addition to the all-electric Soul EV).

Press Release

Kia Motors America will unveil an advanced and capable electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. This bold off-roader was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers seeking the ultimate urban escape. Intended to enable a wide array of outdoor activities from skiing and snowboarding, to camping, hiking and mountain biking, this rugged runabout captures the essence of adventuring at higher elevations with the promise of surefootedness in the wild.

Kia’s newest concept will be revealed on the Kia stand Thursday, February 12 at 9 AM.

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