Kia Motors has released new images of its upcoming Soul crossover, revealing us the first good look at the full front view of the production car.
Along with these exclusive images, Kia also released details on powertrain options that the Soul range will include when it goes on sale next year.
The 2009 Kia Soul will be released in three different powertrain configurations.
The entry level 1.6L gasoline engine (124hp) will be available, as well as more powerful 2.0L gasoline unit. European buyers will also have a choice of 1.6L turbodiesel engine with variable geometry turbocharger.
All three engines are similar to the engines currently in use in the European built Kia cee’d. Manual and automatic transmissions will be available.
Kia Soul sits on a modified Rio platform and will be the front wheel drive vehicle only. At 4,105 mm (161-in)in length and 1,785 mm (70,3-in) in width it has grown in size compared to Rio hatch.
Although it has compact overall dimensions, the Soul features an exceptionally long (for its size) wheelbase of 2550 mm.
The up to 18-inch wheels are placed at the body corners to ensure smooth and sporty driving.
The world premiere is scheduled for the Paris Auto Show and will happen on the 2 nd of October.
Sales are scheduled to commence in February next year after the Soul arrives to Kia dealers in Europe. The US launch date has also been announced and it was set for April 2009!
More details will soon be released, so stay with us.