Americans Will Have a Lot of Kia Soul
In anticipation of the big event, here are the first pictures of the American-spec Kia Soul that have just hit the Internet. The Kia Soul is a boxy-looking cross-over that hopes to make it on the very competitive market (though it hasn't been very popular here in the past) with a semi-futuristic design (though it looks more like their chief designer was on a brake at the time they were making this car) and of course better emission and gas mileage than any of the native brands can manage.
This look is clearly made to compete with the native Scion – the American brand of Japanese giant Toyota, whose been wreaking havoc on the American market. Guess the other Asian makers are trying to get a piece of that pie with the imminent demise of some of the local brands.
The car is powered by an 142 hp engine with a 2.0 liter capacity that runs on gasoline. The gearbox options are either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. The car will go on sale later this year in Spring, but will be presented for the first time to Americans later this month, during the aforementioned auto show.
You can catch a glimpse of the shoebox-like car in the pictures below which are taken from Kia-World. There are also a few from the Canadian Soul accessory brochure, taken from the same source.
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