Kia Soul in the US Southwest

Early in 2006, we saw the Kia Soul concept at the Detroit auto show. Back then, we thought the blocky, two-door was a clever prospect for a future, brand-defining small SUV. Now, spies have seen what looks to be a closer-to-market version of the Soul. Word is it'll be available only in front-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0-liter four over a five-speed autobox. That means the company is going for maximum econobox potential, not flash factor like its Skoda Yeti concept counterpart. Look for it in your grocer's freezer by late 2008. [World Car Fans]