Kia will give world premieres to four new models at this month’s Paris Motor Show.
The first will be a production version of the Soul – described by Kia as an ‘urban crossover’ – which, in the metal, looks similar in concept to Skoda’s Roomster.
It goes on sale in the UK next spring and will be powered by a choice of a 125bhp diesel engine or a 125bhp petrol unit.
The second debut is a hybrid version of the Soul, which uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine allied to an electric motor.
It uses a continually variable automatic transmission and a stop and go system to achieve 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 117g/km.
This powertrain powers the third debut – a hybrid version of the Cee’d hatchback.
Also on display will be the Cee’d ‘Idle Stop & Go’ – a regular Cee’d hatchback fitted with a system which kills the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it when it is time to move off.
This technology will be fitted to production cars from early next year.