• Jul 16th 2008 at 9:34AM
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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Kia Soul

While the production Kia Soul won't be revealed until later this year at the Paris Motor Show, the opening of the London show brings the release of more official images from the automaker. One thing's certain: it'll be hip to be square in 2009, when both the Soul and the Nissan Cube arrive to give the Scion xB some company. Kia also officially announced that the car will be offered exclusively in a front-engine/front drive layout and that it's 4,105 mm (161 in) long, 1,785 mm (70 in) wide, 1,610 mm (63 in) tall, and has a 2,550 mm (100 in) wheelbase. In case you were wondering, compared to the xB, it's got a shorter wheelbase and overall length, but is a hair wider and taller. The engine selection in Europe will consist of 1.6L gasoline and diesel four-cylinders. As you can see, the photos show a neat package that'll probably have plenty of folks embracing their inner geeks when it arrives in U.S. showrooms next April.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice. It reminds me of a late 80's early 90's Toyota Corolla Hatchback.
      • 7 Years Ago
      much smoother.cleaner, and better looking then the rest, but those black door gaurd bumper things have to go.
      it would look better w/out those.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the update the Xb should have had, rather than growing into the long, heavy, fat and relatively thirsty thing it has become.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Completely agree. The xB succumbed to the bigger, fatter, heavier, less fuel efficient disease that seems to affect most redesigns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "relatively thirsty" moniker that everyone keeps applying to the new xB is total rubbish. I've owned mine for 8 months (5 spd), and I average (city and hwy) 30 mpg. And it doesn't have an anemic 1.6L, and it looks better than that 1st generation golf cart! This Kia is exactly what the Koreans do well: copy others with stuff that isn't as good. This is to the new xB what the Sonata is to the Camry. Some will like it, but those are the folks upgrading from a Suzuki.
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha... another funny comedian here on autoblog. Do you even have any knowledge on design trend in automotive industry and any idea how cars are designed? because, you probably don't! btw, the new Scion 'xB' copy you are talking about is based on a concept car that is more than 2 years old!!! now, who's coping what?

        http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/kia/27509/images/27509-hi-a.jpg
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gee, like the 2009 Sonata didn't beat out the Camry or Accord in a comparison of 4-bangers by Motor Trend.

        Btw, Hyundais, overall, have better handling than the soft, bloated rides of Toyotas (Hyundais don't handle like Hondas, but they aren't nearly as boring as Toyotas).

        And btw, so much for Toyota's originality, since the xB is a rip-off of the Nissan Cube (duh!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love comments like yours, Bill. You dispute a claim of the xB being "relatively thirsty" (implying a comparison) by posting your fuel economy alone. Nice scientific, logical "comparison" there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The old engine was sufficient because the vehicle was so much lighter.

        You get 30mpg in the new one? You'd have likely gotten 33mpg then in the old one, because it was rated for 10% better mpg. You say 30 is sufficient, but are you saying 33 isn't better?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm... not being a Toyota snob myself, I think this is a better sequel to the original xB than the second-gen xB. Toyota took a cool car and diluted it with "features the consumer was asking for". I liked it well enough the way it was. Toyota's US offerings show all the styling creativity of pudding dropped on a plate. The Soul has the simplistic geometric appeal the original xB had.

      Unfortunately, Kias and Hyundais fall short in the driving excitement category, and I'm sure this will be no exception. If you're competing with Toyota, that's fine, but I'd prefer something more akin to a Mini Cooper-- excellent handling and good steering feedback. I doubt this will fit the bill for me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah Minis are fine but unfortunately, Minis fall short in the power category, and I'm sure the new Mini will be no exception. If you're competing with Mazda, that's fine, but I'd prefer something more akin to a Porsche 911 Turbo-- all wheel drive and gobs of power. I doubt this will fit the bill for me.
      Kumail
      • 7 Years Ago
      i really like it so far but i would really like to see a rear 3/4 pic of the soul
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the look fine. Not exciting, but should be functional and good on gas. What has me worried is it being based on the Kia Rio platform. The Rio isn't known to be that great of a car from what I've read, though I've never driven one.

      The Rio gets 25 city/35 highway with an automatic. Considering the Soul is a little bigger, maybe something like 24/33? That would be good enough to interest buyers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Semi circles with ruler drawn straight lines? It's an eye sore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This might as well be called the Kia XB. Just like the Chevy HHR was a modernized PT Cruiser or a direct rip from the very nice PT California Cruiser concept car
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uhh, in that case the Scion xB should have been called the Scion Cube - since the xB was a "rip-off" of the Nissan Cube.

        And let's not forget the Honda Cube, er Element.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Soul has some crazy appeal. Amazing how function and style, when married, make people forget the badge; care not about the horsepower; and write off previous iterations of the type. I say bring on the Roomster. (http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2008/05/kia-soul-competitors.html) Wicked boxes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I liked it when it had no plastic. I hope they have a lot of options like Scion, and have an option to get the soul Burner. Because i love that one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is pretty good looking. Not quite as good as the original xB, but far better than the new xB in styling and presumably economy too.

      It's too bad it won't be coming to this country. Oh wait, sorry, got my wires crossed, thought it was a new GM small car for a second.
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