2010 Kia Soul. Click image to enlarge
2010 Kia Soul
Mississauga, Ontario – The new 2010 Kia Soul urban crossover passenger car has been unveiled at the Montreal Auto Show, alongside the new Soul Hybrid and Koup concept vehicles.
“The new Soul and the concept cars unveiled here today illustrate the evolution of the Kia brand,” said Maria Soklis, senior director of operations at Kia Canada. “Our full product lineup merges great design, quality, efficiency and safety for a truly exciting and enabling experience in our vehicles.”
In Canada, the Soul will be available with a base 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 122 horsepower, or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 142 horsepower. All 2.0-litre cars will be fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic stability control as standard equipment.
Coming to Canadian dealerships in February, the Soul will have a range of available accessories, and come with a standard CD/MP3 stereo that can be upgraded to a 315-watt system with sound-sensitive “mood lighting” and eight speakers. All will come with six airbags, power locks, windows and mirrors, Bluetooth, and heated seats as standard equipment. Trim lines include the 2U, 4U, the Soul 4U Retro with available hounds-tooth beige and black seat pattern and interior colours, and top-of-the-line 4U Burner with red and black colour scheme, “burner” red and black seat pattern, “wide view” bumpers and rear spoiler.
Making its North American premiere in Montreal, the Soul Hybrid uses the 1.6-litre gasoline engine, mated to an electric motor and Kia’s own CVT, along with panoramic powered folding fabric roof. Kia said the concept is an indicator of the targets set for future product development.
The Koup Concept was shown for the first time in Canada; originating from the Kia Motors America Design Center in Irvine, California, the Koup concept features tab-shaped grille, high-tech headlamps, 19-inch tires and cruise control.