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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Kia Soul.

In April of 2009, the Scion xB will finally get some stiff competition from Kia in the form of the Soul. As reported previously, the new model will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, measuring 161 inches long, 70 inches wide and 63 inches tall. According to Automotive News, the Soul will be packing either a 1.6- or 2.0-liter gasoline engine powering the front wheels when it arrives in the States, while European consumers get a choice of a 1.6-liter gasoline or diesel engine.

In addition to aping the xB's boxy shape, Kia will be offering a similar line of customization parts to make each Soul unique, so expect a variety of accessories, options and color combinations inspired by the Soul Burner, Diva and Searcher concepts that debuted in Geneva. Pricing has yet to be announced, but if Kia expects to compete with Scion, the Soul won't be knocking on the $20k ceiling.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the Soul based off of the Rio or off of the Spectra/Forte?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The Kia Soul sits on a modified Rio platform and will be the front wheel drive vehicle only. At 4,105 mm (161-in) in length and 1,785 mm (70,3-in) in width it has grown in size compared to Rio hatch. Although it has compact overall dimensions, the Soul features an exceptionally long (for its size) wheelbase of 2550 mm. The up to 18-inch wheels are placed at the body corners.."

        http://www.kia-world.net/index.php/2008/07/16/official-soul-images-hit-the-web-along-with-engine-details/
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm no expert, but the last I heard was that it would be based on a new subcompact platform, which will underpin the next Rio/Accent. Are we sure it's based on the Forte now?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It will be based off of the Spectra/Forte platform so there will be plenty of passenger room.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So when will we see the Chinese xB in the States? ven GM had an xB ripoff concept for Chevrolet and Ford makes a biggie sized one. Maybe Toyota was onto something afterall.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Companies tend to COPY the guys with 43 billion in cash reserves & soon to be the world's #1 auto maker.

        Kinda like networks & the reality TV concept. First one then multipe copies on every channel (network & cable... hell public access!!!)

        :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      And the xB (as well as the Element) was a rip-off of the Nissan Cube's original boxy shape (if we are going to give credit for "originality" - let's give credit where credit is due).

      I agree - the concept was tres cool, but I guess practicality reared its (ugly) head again (but it's still better looking than the xB).
        • 6 Years Ago
        yup. this is what the xB (2nd gen) *should* have been. small, quirky, with a small fuel efficient engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This thing is more of an xD copy and not so much an xB. Should be interesting how it does against the new Cube coming to the states. I'm just glad I have an original xB "Box" car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Almost any small car is better looking than the second generation Xb. Like adding hundreds of pounds, a thirstier engine and greater length with no interior increase was a good idea, Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I loved the concept Soul at first sight but it took quiet a long time for the production model's design to grow on me probably cuz of the lack of 20" rims but now I love it more than any other kia in Kia's current line-up. The 18" rims with low profiles look great and I will deffinately opt for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's no xB copy, the old xB actually has a nice stance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, the Nissan Cube is coming out as well in '09...so that will be competition as well...
      • 6 Years Ago
      More boxes: just what the doctor ordered.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Kia Soul has no soul - it sold out to copy other manufacturers' designs, piecemeal (aka Cut-and-Paste).

      We call it the "Kia Soulless".

      Now if only it came out on April 1st, the joke will be complete.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone besides me hate how every single photo put out by auto makers these days is so heavily digitized that it doesn't even look like a real car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Err... That would be because it's a computer rendering (a drawing) and not a real photo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CATIA or ALIAS... not CAD. Designers (styling) usually use a combo of ALIAS, Photoshop, or Studio Paint.

        Glamor shots used in catalogs always were retouched & stylized "fake" looking light sources & horizon lines. IMO this has that same "fake" feel... just cheaper than the old school photo shoots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You're wrong the boxy look was started by Chev Astros / GMC Safaris that were imported into Japan.

      Honda (with about 3 different boxes), Nissan, Diahistu (spelled wrong) and the rest followed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Between this and the Forte, I'm liking Kia's new design direction.

      That's a sentence I never thought I'd write.
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