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Kia Soul Hybrid - Click above for a high-res image gallery

At last year's Paris Motor Show, Kia showed off a version of the Soul equipped with a transparent hood and floorpan so show-goers could see the inner-workingings of the Korean automaker's hybrid drivetrain. Based on these photos of what appears to be mostly production-ready Kia Soul Hybrid at the Shanghai Motor Show, it seems the fuel-saver's date with the sales floor is getting ever closer. We wouldn't expect the two-tone paint scheme to make it past the concept stage (thankfully), but the important bits are all likely locked in.

Like the concept from Paris, this Soul Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated up with a 15kW electric motor. The dual powerplants send their ponies through a CVT transmission to the front wheels to offer up an estimated 48 miles per gallon and CO2 emissions of just 117 g/km – an improvement of over 26% in both categories.

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What? A low cost hybrid I might actually want to own? Shocking!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Took a Soul (gasoline) for a test drive the other day and like it. It's quite a nice car and feels solid (a lot better than Toyotas offerings) and peppy. Fluid reservoirs and oil-filter are easy to get to. If it's reliable, it'll be a grand-slam. I want one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What? This was actually shown in Montréal along with the Lancer hatch.

      I should know, I was there. >_>
        • 6 Years Ago
        mkiv -

        All you've proved is that you're blind as a bat since the Soul isn't the flat, disinteresting box that the xB is and actually has some good character lines, shape of greenhouse, etc. (as cute-utes go, Toyota/Scion wished the xB looked as good as the Soul).

        And if you're going to criticize the Soul for "copying" the boxy-look, then you should be criticizing Scion/Toyota as well since the Honda Element came to the US market a year before the xB and the Nissan Cube predated all in Japan (not that the boxy-look originated in Japan anyways since it first appeared in the US in vans such as the Chevy Astro).
        • 6 Years Ago
        The article didn't say Kia revealed the car at Shanghai, it only says they showed it there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The title says "Shanghai 2009: Kia shows a greener Soul"

        More like Kia shows a greener rebadged Scion xB. These guys need to get some original design ideas than ripping off every other manufacturer’s designs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        mkiv is

        1. hater
        2. blind
        3. both

        soul kills XB in cuteness
      • 6 Years Ago
      Coming here? Price?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just want to see the Soul coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyway, the Soul hybrid has some other fuel saving features such as a CVT tranny, ISG (idle stop & go) and regenerative braking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, they saran wrapped it when they transported it :D