The all-new Kia Rondo people mover and the red-hot Soul-based Kia Track’ster concept will headline the South Korean manufacturer’s stand at next week’s 2012 Sydney motor show.
Although a production version of the Track’ster remains up in the air, Kia will test the waters with the funky two-door coupe in Australia and gauge the public’s reaction to a sportier version of the quirky Soul hatchback.
The curvy Kia Track’ster concept pushes the boundaries of the boxy Soul, sporting an aggressive body kit with pumped wheel arches, and a gaping mouth and rear diffuser in a package that Kia chief designer Tom Kearns says looks tough, “like a bulldog”.
The Track’ster teams a 186kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission to send power to all four wheels.
The new Kia Rondo (revealed in Paris as the Carens) will join the Track’ster in Sydney, giving Australians a preview of the compact seven-seater ahead of its local launch around April next year.
The 2013 Rondo takes a generational leap forward from the outgoing model in the styling department, sporting sharp, elegant exterior lines and a modern interior with new technology and extra cabin and boot space.
A 103kW/211Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be offered from launch, while CarAdvice also understands a 100kW/330Nm 1.7-litre diesel alternative is also on Kia Australia’s wish list.
The 2012 Australian international motor show kicks off on Thursday, October 18.