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SEMA 2016: Kia introduces Soul First Class with self-driving tech

SEMA 2016: Kia introduces Soul First Class with self-driving tech image

Marcus De Guzman / Kia | November 03, 2016 07:22

Lounge-like amenities, autonomous tech revealed in Kia Soul First Class

Kia's B-segment crossover has been transformed into a self-driving mobile lounge for this year's SEMA Show. Called the 'Soul First Class', the new concept features autonomous driving technology along with luxury amenities like an onboard computer and a large monitor display.

Starting from the outside, the unique Soul gets a Lux Blue paint finish along with custom upper and lower grill designs.

Unlike standard variants, the Soul First Class built by LUX Motorwerks features a lounge-like interior. It has two rear-facing front seats and a 40-inch Samsung LED TV that is connected to a Mac mini computer. It even comes with premium audio speakers and a customized center console that houses two touchscreen tablets.

Inside the Kia Soul First Class concept

In terms of upholstery, the seats are wrapped in white and gray leather and comes with diamond stitching throughout the cabin.

As stated earlier, the Soul First Class features self-driving technology. With it, Kia was able to remove the steering wheel assembly altogether, allowing them to make a more spacious cabin. Kia, however, did not go into detail as to how its self-driving technology works. The company also did not specify the First Class Soul's powertrain.