The Kia Soul will make its stateside debut at the 2008 LA Auto Show as a 2010 model. Of course, we are never lucky to get any diesel options here so Kia will only offer the Soul only with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine making 142-hp. The engine will be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
Kia is planning on producing 136,000 units of the Soul annually at it’s Gwangju plant. Kia will ship over 50,000 of those the U.S. with sales to kick-off in April 2009. Pricing details will be released closer to launch date.
According to recent reports, Kia is also working on a hybrid version of the Soul. No confirmation has been made whether the hybrid Soul will make it to the U.S.
2009 Kia Soul: