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KIA MOTORS AMERICA INTRODUCES ALL-NEW SOULBrand-Defining Addition Makes its Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
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Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the North American debut of the all-new and highly anticipated Soul passenger vehicle at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Designed in Southern California, the Soul is the newest product offering to join the company's ever-expanding line-up, following the introduction of the all-new Borrego midsize SÚV earlier this year. Soul's bold and edgy design is indicative of the new Kia design theme, wîth more package and styling combinations than any previous Kia vehicle. With Soul's arrival as an early model year 2010 vehicle to the C-Segment, it allows young and young-at-heart buyers to have the freedom to truly personalize and emotionally connect wîth their vehicle.
'The Soul is for those who love individuality but don't like to be categorized by finding the next best thing,' said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA. 'Indicative of the new design direction of KMA, Soul is an attractive and customizable vehicle for those lòòking for something wîth a little more personality than other vehicles on the market today.
Edgy and Confident Exterior Originally debuted as a concept vehicle at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 2006, Soul's exterior remains true to the original Soul concept design implying power and strength. With an angled window line, rounded nose, large flared back headlamps and chrome grille, the Soul is given a friendly face and exudes a youthful exuberance for coasting along the beach or cruising downtown city streets, redefining the concept of freedom.
The beltline rises from the front wheel arch to create a gentle wedge shape and continues under and around the rear side window. The rear is dominated by the vertical combination rear lamps set into the body color panel wîth clear outer lenses. The body and wheel arch crease line extends around the bumper for a tough, not rough, style matching the look from the front.
Available in four trims, Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport, the versatile five-door offers plenty of standard features. The Soul includes black door handles and side mirrors, body-colored bumpers, rear wiper/washer and 15-inch steel wheels fitted wîth P195/65R15 tires. Úpgrading slightly to the Soul+ offers keyless remote entry, solar glass, privacy glass on the rear side and rear windows body-color handles and power side mirrors along wîth 16-inch alloy wheels wîth P205/55R16 tires. Enhancing to the Soul! adds power moonroof, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels furnished wîth P225/45R18 tires, while the dynamic Soul sport features side sills, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique front and rear fascias, wholly personifying the sporty, urban look Soul embodies.
Spacious, State-of-the-Art Interior
Inside the cabin is where Soul really shows its power to surprise. For those who want a personal lounge on wheels or an efficient cargo carrier wîth 14 storage zones, Soul has it covered. While Soul offers a relatively small footprint, it offers a surprisingly spacious interior. Passengers will find comfort in the roomy cabin. All five adult passengers will find ingress and egress simple and effortless, credited to tall doors and a high seating position, and each Soul will be able to have its own personality thanks to multiple options for interiors wîth different colors, fabrics and audio system packages available for selection.
The Soul's interior design is decidedly influenced by the car's highly specified audio system. An uncluttered dashboard wîth a three-dial instrument cluster, LCD illumination, a floating center stack design is the key visual feature and offers enticing access to the AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted wîth SIRIÚS Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service . Standard auxiliary and ÚSB input jacks also can be found in the center console wîth full iPod® controllability via the audio head unit and §teering wheel controls.
Additional standard interior features include a tilt §teering column, power door locks, power windows wîth driver's side auto-down, map lamps and a rear wiper and washer. Stylishly appointed cloth seats provide comfortable seating while a 60/40 split-folding rear seat offers multiple seating and cargo arrangements depending on driver and passenger needs.
Soul+ offers additional standard features including air conditioning, cruise control wîth §teering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, privacy glass and tweeter speakers. Available upgrades for the Soul+ trim include an audio upgrade package power moonroof and floor mats, which become standard on the Soul!. Advancing to the Soul! adds unique beige-black interior trim and cloth seats and metal-finish trim. For the Soul! and Soul sport, an Audio Úpgrade Package enhances the sound wîth center speaker, subwoofer and 315-watt external amplifier.
For consumers wîth more athletic and active lifestyles lòòking for even more excitement, the Soul sport offers a sport-tuned suspension, metal pedals, unique red-black interior trim wîth sport cloth seats and metal-finish trim.
Soul is different, right down to its all-new platform. With its own distinctive style, Soul features front-wheel drive, a high roofline and an unusually long wheelbase. Built on a platform wîth a wheelbase of 100.4 inches, an overall length of 161.6 inches, an overall width of 70.3 inches and overall height of 63.4 inches the Soul offers a comfortable interior wîth roomy seating for up to five passengers. With more than 70 percent high-tensile-strength steel to enhance structural strength without adding a lot of weight, the all-new, Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness, benefiting handling, ride quality and refinement. Additional measures to help ensure good noise vibration and harshness (NVH) qualities are fitted throughout the Soul.
Mounted on the front sub frame that supports the engine and transmission, the Soul is fitted wîth a fully independent front and twist-beam rear suspension system, wîth front MacPherson struts and coil springs, designed to deliver responsive handling and an agile ride. In the rear, the Soul suspension is sub-frame-mounted wîth a transverse torsion beam axle wîth trailing arms for a smooth ride and minimum intrusion into the cargo space. For optimal space, the rear anti-roll stabilizer bar is mounted inside the torsion beam.
Soul offers an agile, smooth and spirited ride. Its 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which produces approximately 120 horsepower. For those lòòking for a little more power, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available wîth either the five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The latter engine produces approximately 140 horsepower, and is available for Soul+, Soul! and Soul sport. Fuel economy for both engines is estimated at 30 or more miles per gallon.
Standard Kia Safety Features
|Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 122 hp
Torque: 115 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 142 hp
Torque: 137 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
Like all Kia models, Soul is covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this program are a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan also is part of the comprehensive coverage program.Source - Kia
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