Out of the Studio, Into the Street
We still haven’t witnessed the official launch of the 2010 Kia Soul at the 2008 Paris motor show, but it appears the folks at Kia just can’t wait.; Another two images of the five-door hatchback made their way onto the official PR site this morning.
Outside of yet another hue (a metallic pale green), there’s little revealed in these shots that we haven’t already seen.; It’s in the attached numbers that we find some interesting facets – the Soul is over 63.4 inches tall, four inches more than a Volkswagen New Beetle.; Part of that height comes from its stance – 1.7 inches taller than, according to Kia, a “typical compact car.”
Although we’re lacking interior photos of the production car, Kia claims the Soul has plenty of room inside.; Headroom is rated at 40.1 inches for front-seat passengers and 39.5 inches for those in back.; Front and rear legroom measures 42.1 and 38.9 inches, respectively.
Perhaps most interesting to those eying the car as a possible future purchase is the confirmation of a 2.0-liter I-4 engine in Souls destined for the U.S.; The engine, similar to that in the Spectra, produces 142 hp.
Expect more details on the Soul to leak out before and during its Parisian debut, so stay tuned to Automobile Magazine for all the latest news.