GENEVA â Kia Motors Corp. provides early details of three concept versions of its Soul cross/utility vehicle, as well as green concepts of its Ceeâd compact models, all debuting tomorrow at the Geneva auto show here.
The production-version Soul will go on sale in Korea in the yearâs fourth quarter and in Europe in early 2009, a spokesman tells Wardâs
Kia says the Soul Diva, Burner and Searcher are three âfunâ concepts created at its European design studio to showcase how buyers will be able to modify their vehicles.
The Soul Diva variant is aimed at young women who have a passion for fashion and see their car as an âaccessory,â Kia says. The lounge-like interior is done in black, white and gold. Glossy black imitation leather seats resemble sofas, while the floor is covered in long-pile, âpony-hideâ carpet.
Kia characterizes the Soul Burner as the âbad boyâ of the three concepts, featuring glossy black dragon tattoos on the satin black exterior. The outer edges of the front bumpers wear L-shaped light-emitting diodes, while the rear bumper has vertical exhaust pipes.
The third Soul concept is meant to convey a relaxing feeling, Kia says of the Soul Searcher, which âsets out to capture the spirit of Korean and Far Eastern culture with a focus on achieving personal inner peace and creating a calm cocoon for the occupants.â
Unlike the loud interiors of the other Soul concepts, the Searcher has muted interior colors, with gray-beige felt covering the floor and seats, Kia says. A lived-in-leather look is present inside and out and includes the folding roof, dashboard, door panels and steering-wheel rim.
Kia also will feature two Eco_Ceeâd concepts in Geneva it calls âgreen performanceâ models. One is based on the production 5-door Ceeâd and the other on the production Pro_Ceeâd model.
âNumerous small but significant modificationsâ will improve fuel economy and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, as much as 17% for the Pro_Ceeâd, the auto maker says.
Kia has said the technologies used to achieve the emissions gains will make their way to production Ceeâds beginning in December 2008.