In Detroit, at the North American International Auto Show, Kia has unwrapped the Kia Shadow Dragon Soul, a urban mini-truck distinguished by exclusive high-end features and striking black dragon graphics. The American division of the renowned South Korean auto manufacturer presented the third of four planned special edition Soul models.

Boasting design style similar in nature to the Soul "Burner" concept that debuted in 2008 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Shadow Dragon Soul is a pure example of the rich and unique Soul range.

"Soul is a unique vehicle in that it lends itself perfectly to personalization based on consumer needs and desires," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA. "With its one-of-a-kind paint and graphic treatments, the Shadow Dragon Soul could be the most distinctive special-edition Soul we've released so far, but still maintains the same value, convenience and safety features that consumers have come to know and expect from all Soul trim levels."

At the first glance, the Shadow Dragon Soul's exterior packs deep shadow black color and matte black dragon graphics on the hood and the tailgate creating a dark and aggressive persona. The amazing visual impact is further backed by a black 18-inch wheels set and machined accents, a body-color wing-type spoiler and high-gloss black accents found on the front and rear bumper inserts. Inside, the Shadow Dragon Soul is fitted with black leather-trimmed seats – the first leather seating available on any Soul model – and seat warmers for additional luxury and comfort. Like both previous special-edition Souls, the brand-new Shadow Dragon Soul is based on the Soul+ model and is fully loaded with the Audio Upgrade Package (center speaker, subwoofer, external amplifier and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the music), an iPod® connection cable for full functionality via the radio head unit and steering wheel controls, carpeted floor mats, moonroof, fog lights and fender vents with side marker repeaters.

The price for the new Kia Shadow Dragon Soul starts at $18,195 with a five-speed manual transmission.

2010 Kia Shadow Dragon Soul special-edition