Kia Soul'ster Sees Daylight at NAIAS
“Soul’ster delivers something new, intriguing and relevant to today’s buyers – a fun, affordable convertible for active people who like to share good times with friends,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, KMA. “Defying categorization and providing utility and practicality, the Soul’ster exhibits distinctive design cues and satisfies multiple consumer needs.”
The two door concept “projects a hip industrial look with screw borders, reminiscent of a rivet design found on a fighter jet,” Kia said in a statement for the press. The windshield dimensions are reduced to provide a sportier look while the roll bar has a dual purpose: “it includes a place for the slider tracks while providing protection not found in traditional convertibles.”
Speaking of engines, the Soul'ster is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder unit that develops as much as 120 horsepower. However, a different unit boasting more power is also available, namely a 2.0-liter version that produces 140 horsepower. There are two transmission types available, namely a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic. Fuel economy for each of these two engines is somewhere around 30 mpg.
“With young buyers in mind, Soul’ster offers an agile, smooth and spirited ride. As with its Soul cousin, Soul’ster’s can be made available with a myriad of engine choices depending upon each market’s needs,” Kia explained in the statement.
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