The Soul concept is the product of Kia’s California and Korea design studios. Exterior styling elements on the pint-sized sport utility vehicle include a roof that houses two glass panes, the front one moveable. Like Honda’s Element SUV, the Soul’s rear side doors are hinged in back. This design allows the concept to forego a B-pillar, which creates an open, uninterrupted passenger cabin. Five-spoke wheels measure 20 inches in diameter.

Instead of concealing the audio system’s speakers, Kia made them part of the design; they are a different color than the dashboard. The thin-framed seats are the same off-white shade as the speakers. Seating for four is provided, and a long center console divides both the first and second rows.

Recognizing that the automobile is increasingly becoming a mobile office, the Soul is equipped with a laptop computer that swings out from the glove box; it can be operated from either the driver’s seat or the front passenger seat.

Chevy officials say pricing should stay in the $10,000 to $14,000 range for the sedan.

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