Kia confirms high-performance Cee’d, dimisses Soul Convertible rumors

Kia Soulster Concept
Kia Soulster Concept

C'eed Turbo could have 220-230 hp

Rumors of a Kia Soul Convertible have been circulating ever since the company introduced the Soulster concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. The speculation was recently reignited when Autocar quoted marketing executive Soon-Nam Lee who said the model would arrive in 2014.

Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case. Car & Driver talked to Kia's head of global public relations, Michael Choo, who said "A convertible Soul was on our long-term product plan but has since been dropped." He added, a hot hatch is "coming next year to Europe in the form of sporty versions of the Cee'd five- and three-door models."

The high-performance Cee'd will reportedly feature a sport-tuned suspension and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 220-230 hp (164-172 kW / 223-233 PS).

Source: Car & Driver and Autocar

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MikeGray MikeGray
Why not a performance forte?
Aug 26th, 2012 12:03am
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Kia is making really interesting looking cars. Good job Kia ****
Aug 25th, 2012 2:09pm
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rare6499 rare6499
Awesome, 220bhp would be really great. I'm really pleased they are pushing ahead with this. It will do great things for the brand.
Aug 25th, 2012 12:48pm
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I find the word "Cee'd" awful, and they put it everywere ! I guess its just a detail.
Aug 25th, 2012 3:14am
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