• Nov 7, 2008
Click above for more official images of the U.S. Kia Soul

Official images of the new Kia Soul have just begun making their first rounds on the interwebs. The boxy little crossover will see its first U.S. unveiling at the LA Auto Show later this month and we'll be on hand to capture the event in all its glory. Until then, take a look at these early shots of the U.S.-spec version to whet your appetite. The U.S. market Soul will get a 142-horsepower, 2.0-liter gasoline-fed four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox.

Kia is set to take on the Scion brand with the new Soul and is hoping to compete on level footing by offering a slew of factory customization options right from the dealer. Our second gallery shows some of those options that are being made available in Canada and should be a decent preview of what U.S. buyers are likely to choose from. Expect the new mini 'ute to go on sale in the Spring of next year.



[Source: Kia-World]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Terrible choice of color for that car in the press-pic...it actually looks great in white/black/orange.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Insert my usual comment: the new xB is a bloated piece of crap, the old one was the bomb, I'd buy this before I buy the new one, etc. etc. and so on and so forth.

      Scion is headed the right direction with the iQ...if they get their ducks in a row for the Gen _3_ xB, this Kia won't have a chance.

      We'll know as soon as the new tC comes out if they're taking the brand seriously or not. Until then, I'll still have hope that I don't have to drive a Kia if my ride gets killed.

      And for the record, Gen 2 xB sales figures have not even approached Gen 1 xB's. You're not actually surprised, are you?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this car a lot, except that it appears to have one heck of a scary blind-spot (note the HUGE C-pillar).

      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah....you're definitely in the minority then. lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring us the 1.6L engine too and market it as the entry-level one or the higher fuel economy model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Inside Line HAD a review posted this morning, in which they liked it. I'm assuming they took it down though because I can't find it now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Their estimate of weight is a little off. The list 3000 lbs. Even the diesel version overseas weighs just under 2800 lbs.
      jj
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a bipolar baby.

      I think Kia should make a rebadged Genesis. It would really up their sales. I think.

      C'mon, Kia!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks good, and I know I'm the minority, but I like the xB better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If dropping 6 mpg, gaining 700 lbs, and getting a foot longer but gaining nearly no extra space makes the 2nd gen xB good, then why don't I see any 2nd gen xB's on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        nope. I think the 2nd gen is quite good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well I've never ridden in a 1st gen, but my friend owns a 2nd gen, and he got a loaded one for like 23K. it's roomy inside, but doesn't feel huge. and fuel economy is good for such a boxy shape. It gives you a pretty good bang for your buck, imo. I do have to wait to see the soul, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you're referring to the first gen. xB, because the second gen. is awful. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'll take the Kia.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've ridden in both. While the 2nd one is more refined and better on the highway, the 1st gen is just as roomy, gets great fuel economy, and just looks better IMO. Toyota just sucked the soul out of the car (pun intended).
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a great car. It competes with the current xB in size while retaining the old xB's quirkiness. ME LIKEY
      Now, why didn't they mate the engine to a 5-speed auto instead of a 4-speed?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ostensibly a rejoinder to the Scion xD, but even having yet to actually meet one in the tin, I find the Soul presents a difficult case for buying the new Focus (whose name seems no longer appropriate), and even the Caliber, for which the beleaguered Chrysler must be given much credit for endowing with hatchback utility, something sorely lacking in both the Focus and Cobalt.

      Each of the Detroit Three would do well to offer a competitor to the Rio5, Soul, Spectra5, and Optima. It would make things simpler and more appealing (for me and my nerdy friends anyway) in this welcome, post-SUV age.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like exactly the right little vehicle to bring some pizazz to the Kia lineup! Can't wait to drive one. It's got plenty of style...
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