Production Ready Kia Soul Crossover Vehicle

New Kia Soul - first generation model
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New Kia Soul is here and so are the first official photos and specs!

Geneva Motor Show gave us the first opportunity to get a closer look at the exciting trio of Kia Soul concepts.

With the funky-looking Soul Searcher, Soul Diva and Soul Burner, we have been given a taste of what the production version of the new Kia Soul car will look like when it makes its official public debut at Paris Motor Show later this year.

Today, we are further fueling the excitement by revealing our latest series of spy shots showing you exclusive preview of the production-ready Kia Soul crossover.

Kia’s sharply-stylish new segment-busting Soul is set to win over minds as well as hearts at the Paris Salon de l’Automobile in October (where it will make it’s official world debut), with confirmation that the urban crossover will come to Europe next year with a choice of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines.

First-generation of the Kia Soul crossover vehicle.

Kia Soul is a five-door hatchback with front-wheel drive, a high roofline and an unusually long wheelbase.

Overall height is 1,610 mm but the base of the windscreen is 135 mm higher than a typical compact car, the hip-points are 120 mm higher and the ground clearance is raised by 45 mm.

Access to the new Kia Soul’s spacious interior is remarkably easy and the cabin will deliver head, leg and shoulder room that matches or beats many larger vehicles.

Generous headroom (1020/1005 mm front/rear), legroom (1070/990 mm front/rear) and shoulder room (1403/1400 mm front/rear) will ensure Soul can easily adapt to the changing demands of its owner when pressed into giving friends or family a lift!

Kia Soul will go on sale in mainland Europe next February with a choice 126 ps diesel and petrol engines.

The 1,6L diesel engine generates 126 ps at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 255 Nm at 2,000 rpm, while the all-aluminium petrol engine also produces 126 ps at 6,300 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Engines fitted to the Kia Soul will be based on those already found on a hugely successful, European-built, Kia cee’d. Kia Soul will also have choice of manual or automatic transmissions, depending on model. Right-hand drive production is due to start in March.

First generation Kia Soul pictures

Stay tuned for more news about Kia Soul.

34 comments

  1. Rob Woodward says:

    if someone is going to doctor the picture , make sure its not exactly the same as the Sould diva with the gold trim removed…lol.

  2. K-Sport (Boris) says:

    Cool. the H- headlamps made it! its…its… I cant find the right words. let me calm my self down.

  3. Greg says:

    I see a Borrego (not Mohave) in the background of the first pic!

  4. Darren says:

    Cool . the soul is very nice.

  5. Boris (K-Sport) says:

    have any of you looked closely at the tyre threads? dangerous to put them on the road going model

  6. Kia says:

    Let’s make this clear. First two shots show the production version of Kia Soul, third pics is obviously a spy shot of interior and last one is a photohop based on Kia Soul Diva.

  7. Colby says:

    yes I agree the first 3 are the real deal the last one is an awesome photoshop. If you didn’t have the diva pics I would swear it was the real deal. and I think a lot of other web blogs think it is real.

  8. allen says:

    Great looking car, right for todays gas issues in the U.S.

  9. Keefus says:

    what a cute wee car…. hmmmm

  10. Raj says:

    amazing, when is the all-new Kia Soul comingg to qatar?

  11. Matt Keegan says:

    Very nice car and this is from someone who wouldn’t have considered Kia previously. Lots of attention to style, customization makes it fun, and with a price starting in the teens, the Kia Soul should give Scion a run for the customers.

  12. Yasmin says:

    Looks like the xB but it is still nice

  13. himi says:

    Well, the base concept is similar as by Scion. It’s a little box, but in my humble opinion, the Soul looks much better than Scion, especially inside, where it has very elegantly designed interior.

  14. Chris Henry says:

    Wow! I want one NOW! I have been looking at the Scion XB, but the Soul is much cooler looking. I hope the Burner model will be available in the bright green color shown in the tv adds! I will definately be checking this car out when it is available, and it sounds like it will be here right about the time I will be ready to buy a new vehicle. It might end up being my second KIA vehicle, previosly I had a Sportage and was very happy with it.

  15. Adam says:

    Yeah, we’re getting the very firs Kia Soul in a few weeks at the dealership I work at to show off before the initial release date. I’m pumped because it’s finally a “cool” looking Kia. Here’s hoping the Koup is next arriving!

  16. c says:

    um yeah, it’s a bad knock off of the fabulous 2nd generation xB!

  17. Greg says:

    What ever dude. You are probably one of those people who say that the Sorento looks like an Accord, lol. Any Adam, the Koup will be arriving 5-6 months after new Spectra is released.

  18. Hako says:

    Um yeah, but the xB isn’t really that fabulous is it? And the Soul doesn’t really look much like it either, except in a very general sense. The second generation xB never really captured anyone imagination, and that’s the opinion of a lot of car reviewers.
    The Soul has a lot of people excited, even people that never considered buying a Kia before. Why would the Koreans model the Soul after a car nobody really got excited about?

  19. nan says:

    Kia Soulster – soul pick up
    http://www.thekeea.com/index.php/2009/01/12/kia-soulster-video-unveiling-from-detroit-auto-show/

  20. BJD(Boris) says:

    why are giving a link to the very site you’re commenting on?

  21. Soulowner says:

    picked up my Kia soul burner last friday … woot!! what a car and what fun to drive. I highly recomend getting one.

  22. himi says:

    Congrats Soulowner! I wish you safe and joful driveing! You can join our Kia Soul forums ans show us your new ride!

  23. mike says:

    I hopeing my burner is here before the verde rims I ordered from L.A come in.
    Its going to look sooo kool.

  24. Soulowner says:

    Was going to leave some pics of my new kia Soul burner but couldnt attach them to my email … sorry dont have my own web site to leave a link for 🙁

  25. t whiffen says:

    I just saw your commercial for the Soul which shows the rapist/killer appraoching the unsuspecting cottage full of college-aged girls. I found the commercial to be disturbing, distasteful and completely inappropriate. Surely there are better ways to convey the message. Whoever thought up that commercial should be sent for a psychological assessment and sensivity training. Anyone that has ever had a sister, daughter or friend victimized by a sexual attack or violent crime will most certainly find the advertisement offensive and in poor taste. Count me among those that supports a boycott of Kia vehicles until this commercial is removed from the airways.

  26. Maura from Babylon says:

    Got my Kia Soul, Love it!!!
    Can’t pair my crackberry.
    The Soul is currently speaking in French.
    Anyone have any luck with this!!!

  27. Colby says:

    if you register with Kia they have online video’s on the Soul and how to program the bluetooth. There are three language selections with English. Spanish, or French

  28. Idel says:

    I was at the Central Florida Car Show, in November, staffing the Kia Display. The Soul was very well received by people of all ages, including current Scion xb fanatics. Now that the vehicle is on the ground and I’ve had the opportunity to drive it, I can say that the Soul is an awesome car!

  29. teenamarie says:

    THE CAR IS GREAT BUT WHAT WAS THAT SONG ,THERE PLAYING? THANKS

  30. Mahhhlisssaaa says:

    Does anyone know the name of the song that has these lyrics in the new kia soul commercial “i don’t care what you look like- or what you wear”,?

  31. lma says:

    The song name is Colours and it’s by Calvin Harris

  32. kia travello says:

    Indonesian automotive community waiting for you…

  33. majron says:

    welcome to indonesia… kia soul is stylish and futuristic, i optimistic can sale it more than other type…

  34. teena says:

    I am a mailcarrier in TX. I am very interested in the kia soul for my job I am willing to buy new but i have talked to a couple of dealers here and they say it is impossible to get one sent here with right hand drive!! My question to that is…why?

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