Cross­over Kia has a true ur­ban soul

Bray People - - Motoring Extra -

KIA Motors Cor­po­ra­tion has con­firmed that its all-new Kia Soul ur­ban cross­over passenger car will go on sale early next year with a choice of two petrol en­gines and a diesel en­gine with man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion (de­pend­ing on in­di­vid­ual mar­kets).

The most pow­er­ful en­gine will be a 2-litre petrol unit pro­duc­ing 142 ps at 6,000 rpm and 186 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. This en­gine will be of­fered with a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or a four-speed au­to­matic.

Con­sumers in Europe will be able to or­der a 1.6-litre diesel en­gine fea­tur­ing a VGT (vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger).

Both of th­ese highly ef­fi­cient 1.6litre, four cylin­der, 16-valve DOHC pow­er­trains are based closely on en­gines fit­ted to the hugely suc­cess­ful, Euro­pean-built, Kia cee’d.

Kia Soul is a five-door hatch­back with front-wheel drive, a high roofline and an un­usu­ally long wheel­base. Over­all length is 4,105 mm with a 2,550 mm wheel­base. Over­all height is 1,610 mm, the base of the wind­shield is 135 mm higher than a typ­i­cal com­pact car, the hip­points are 120 mm higher and the ground clear­ance is raised by 45 mm. The Kia Soul ur­ban cross­over will make its world pre­miere at the Paris Mo­tor Show on Oc­to­ber 2.

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