We have the first photos of the U.S.-Spec Kia Soul
, the company's attempt at moving their small car offerings slightly upmarket. The car, which debuted globally in March
, will make its official US debut at the LA Auto Show
. As opposed to the tiny Kias we're used to, the Soul should offer a higher level of features more inline with Scion.
In terms of power, the the Kia will get a 2.0-liter in-line four that will put out a not-so-anemic 142 horsepower. The Soul will go on sale here around April 2009 with a first-year sales goal of 50,000 for North America, a number we think also includes Canada. The Kia Borrego may be an example of awful timing, but the Soul might just fit the bill. [Kia World]