Kia SOUL models as early as in before the official release, we have on this upcoming model has been made in China-related coverage. Today, the network discovered a test vehicle appeared SOUL domestic spy photos, even through layers of camouflage, but for fans, that and the rich character modeling BOX or let us easily identify this new Kia. The SOUL appear in the domestic, but also confirmed the news of the forthcoming China-made.
SOUL debut in the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, was released as a concept car. Eventually in October 2008 issued by the Paris auto show production version better restore the essence of the concept of car design. Kia SOUL body length / width / height dimensions of the 4105mm/1785mm/1610mm, wheelbase is 2550mm, the body size is located just Cerato hatchback and between the RIO.
Matching the 1.6L and 2.0L gasoline engine two, 1.6L maximum power of 126 hp 6300 r / min, maximum torque 156 Nm 4200 r / min; 2.0L up to 142 hp maximum power of 6000 rev / min. Of course, in the European market there is a variable geometry turbocharger technology, 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine. SOUL in South Korea currently sells for 14,000,000 ~ ₩ 20,000,000, equivalent to approximately RMB 90,000 ~ 130,000 yuan.
Chinese-made Kia SOUL will be after the Suzuki SX4, Volkswagen CROSSPOLO models for the competitors and so on. Judging from the appearance, Kia SOUL vehicle modeling fashion, at the same time on the pick of the waistline also has a certain sense of movement. Front lamps are also very personalized, irregular polygon structure was divided into two parts from top to bottom, is located in the upper part of headlamps, and turn signal lights and said width is located in the lower part and embedded in more on the internal position. This is more like the Japanese market popular BOX style models, in China Great Wall Cool Bear is more like their kind, of course, the pricing strategy will not be the same grade.
And after the Chinese-made models will be some SOUL localization transformation, such as changes in body color, and make the appropriate adjustment of the chassis, so as to adapt to the Chinese market and traffic demand. In addition, in the engine configuration of the 1.6L model may be based on the one hand, has a better feel fuel economy, but also to enjoy the new consumption tax preferential policies.
In related news, this model will DYK second plant for the production, is expected to be listed for sale in October. During the same period, another re-sync the first follow-up products that Kia has just launched a major reform subsection Cerato models. In the upcoming Shanghai auto show in April, 2009 DYK two key models, will appear in front of consumers, let us wait and see.