Kia Soul'ster production decision imminent

Kia could be on the verge of giving the Kia Soul'ster concept the green light for production.
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The compact, open-top SUV was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show. At the time, Kia said the vehicle was purely a concept.

In 2010, Kia sources said the Soul'ster would not make production due to the economic conditions, pointing to the fact that it would require the development of a new platform.

Kia has now revealed production could go ahead. In a recent press release, the South Korean company said the Soul'ster is "currently under final assessment for production".

In concept form, the Soul'ster comes with a two-piece flip back roof that opens the front and rear sections independently, exposing roll bars and the rear cargo space.

The production version is expected to come with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing around 103kW as well as a 2.0-litre engine producing 122kW, borrowed from the Hyundai Veloster and Kia Sportage, respectively.