Kia says it will introduce a production version of the Kia Soul crossover concept vehicle in 2008 as a 2009 year model. The Kia Soul crossover concept was first presented to the public last year at the Detroit Motor Show. The small front-wheel drive five-seater with a 254cm wheelbase featured a 2.0 litre four cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed transmission with manual shifting functions.

The company decided on the name Kia Soul for the small crossover for two reasons: it was first introduced in Detroit, the home of Motown soul music; and the company wanted to play on its Korean heritage (South Korea’s capital is Seoul). How punny of them. Look after the jump for more photos of the Kia Soul crossover concept.