Along with the production Soul hatchback, Kia will bring two hybrid concept cars – one based off the Soul and another off the Cee’d – to the 2008 Paris motor show.
Though both cars look rather different, they share their conceptual hybrid systems.; Both the Soul and Cee’d use a 1.6-liter gasoline I-4 paired with a 15-kW electric motor.; Both are coupled through a Kia-designed CVT, though we don’t yet know if the system functions as a series- or a series-parallel hybrid.
On the Soul, the hybrid system is reportedly good for a fuel economy figure of 48 mpg (on the European test cycle) and CO2 emissions of 117 g/km.; As it’s slightly lighter, figures for the Cee’d hybrid are slightly better (49 mpg and 114 g/km, respectively).
We hope to find out more on both Kia’s hybrid drivetrain and its chances of reaching production come Wednesday, when the motor show officially begins.; Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest news from Paris.