Kia’s plan for world domination continues unabated and now it’s planning a new mini-MPV to take on the ranks of the Renault Modus and Vauxhall Meriva.
AM’s spyshot reveals one of the prototypes out on shakedown test in Germany.
It’s based on the underpinnings of the new Soul supermini-cum-crossover that will be launched this autumn at the Paris Motor Show in October.
That means a front-wheel drive package, driven by a pair of 1.6-litre engines.
Although both develop an identical 124bhp, they have typically divergent torque ratings.
The unleaded motor cranks out 115lb ft of twist, while the diesel develops a wholesome 188lb ft.
Kia is working hard on its eco-technology, and the eco-Cee’d concept has shown the way forward.
Expect the new Soul MPV to be available with a range of eco-tweaks, including flusher aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tyres.
Inside, the emphasis will be on practicality within that small(ish) footprint. That means folding seats and a dashboard similar to the Soul’s.
Expect to see the new Soul MPV in Kia showrooms in late 2009, wearing a price tag just above the Soul ’mini’ at around £10,000.