Soul World: 2010 Kia Soul to be joined at Paris by hybrid Soul and cee'd
September 25, 2008
Kia has released more photos of the production version of the 2010 Kia Soul that will be making its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor show next week, giving us our first glimpse of the production car's interior.
Like other cars in the Kia's class, the Soul will have an interior layout that is decidedly youth-oriented, with a stylized center console and eye-catching two-tone seats and door panels. Good news for any enthusiast Soul shoppers is the gear lever sprouting out from the lower console, with a distinct five-speed pattern on the knob. A four-speed automatic will be the other transmission offered. Both auto and manual units are paired to a 2.0L four-cylinder motor in the U.S. that will produce 140 hp. In Europe, a selection of three 1.6L diesel and gasoline motors will be offered ranging from 113 to 124 hp. Kia gives 0 to 62 mph acceleration times of 10.4 to 11.3 seconds for European models, so we'd expect 0 to 60 mph runs in the mid nines for U.S.-spec cars.
European Souls will receive a radio/single CD/MP3 stereo with USB and iPod connectivity and six speakers as standard -- a feature we can only guess will be duplicated for the U.S. market. An upgraded stereo is offered with "Sound Sensitive Mood Lighting" (that just reeks of 'youth-oriented'), higher output external amplifier, and eight speakers including a subwoofer. Six airbags, ESP, and four-wheel disc brakes will all be standard equipment as well.
Kia says it will build up to 136,000 Souls annually at its Gwangju plant in Korea. As far as total production figures annually, 59,000 units are slated for North American sale, 36,000 will stay in Korea, 30,000 will head to Europe, and 20,000 for other markets. China will receive 40,000 Souls annually, all of which will be produced in China starting in 2009.
Alongside the production Soul, Kia will show off a hybrid concept versions of both the Soul and the cee'd. Both will receive Kia's Gamma 1.6L gasoline engine which gets mated to a 15kW electric motor. Kia's CVT transmission, ISG (Idle Stop & Go), and regenerative braking will be featured on both models. The Soul Hybrid Concept will also receive a few styling tweaks, including a panoramic power-folding fabric roof and a transparent engine hood and floor so the hybrid powertrain is visible to onlookers. Kia will also display its production Kia cee'd ISG model, slated to cut fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% in typical city driving. The Kia c'eed will hit European showrooms in early 2009. Kia's Sportage FCEV fuel cell electric vehicle testing prototype will also make its European debut at the show.