Chrysler is not alone anymore in its tradition of bringing concept car to production with minor changes. Kia has adopted the same strategy with the new Soul, which will be presented at the next Paris Motor Show to compete with Honda Jazz, Nissan Note and other minivan-like hatchbacks.
The new Kia is 4.11 m long, 1.79 m wide, 1.61 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.55 m, what will probably represent a good deal of internal space. There will be three engine options, a 2-litre and a 1.6-litre petrol powerplants and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with VGT (variable geometry turbocharger). The 1.6-litre engines are based on the same ones used on cee’d,
According to the Korean carmaker, the new car will not replace any other vehicle in Kia’s range, but will help it enter new market segments. Kia Soul’s production in South Korea will commence in November. Sales will start in the USA in February 2009 and worldwide in April 2009.