Kia considering production of Soulster concept

Tom Ludwick

Originally, Kia launched Soul-based Soulster concept as a design study to "demonstrate the flexibility of the original design." Now, due to the positive public response to the concept, the company is considering production possibilities for the tiny truck.

The Soulster was first unveiled at the Detroit auto show last month where it met an "overwhelming" response according to Kia. Alex Fedorak, a Kia Motors America spokesman, said, "It is clearly a vehicle that was built as a concept in a fashion that was production-capable."

Although the Soulster is based on the Soul compact car, it boasts many key differences. It has more ground clearance, seats four instead of five, and features a two-door convertible pickup body style instead of a four-door hatchback.

If produced, the Soulster will probably share engine options with the Soul, meaning the base engine would be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The optional engine would be the 142-hp, 2.0-liter in-line four with the manual or a four-speed automatic. If you're wondering if it will be affordable, consider that the Soul starts at $13,995, and Kia has promised to price the Soulster "with young buyers' budgets in mind."

Source: Automotive News

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