KIA has pretty interesting models in its line up, for instance Soul, which is strange combination of hatchback and SUV. The model is commercially successful, so manufacturer decide to bring a mild facelift to the model. In addition to this it is likely to get higher performance version.
The Kia Soul will be released next year, although no confirmation of the actual date.
Release date: 2017
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Again, no official confirmation for the 2017 Soul, but prices are expected to remain fairly static, meaning that the base model will come in around $17,000 and the flagship hitting approximately $23,000.
Update: the 2017 model year Soul has already available in showrooms. The initial price for the model starts for $16,100.
The next gen Kia Soul is expected to be in 2018, and it should feature completely restyled fenders, new air intake and modern headlights, all in all, it should give the Kia a more contemporary look. Kia want to retain the market share that they already have, they can only do this by making sure that the new Soul is well received.
The 2017 Soul has been inspired by the Trailster concept vehicle and Kia have added further color options over the current range. It is also thought that the new 2017 Kia Soul will have large rims, designed specifically for the Soul.
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Depending on how many of the options boxes you tick, the new Soul has an impressive array of equipment; multi-function (and heated) steering wheel, 4.3” on-board computer screen, lacquered wood finish panels, 8” media touchscreen and of course climate control.
The front seats give good support and have powered adjustment, and the upholstery can be trimmed in cloth or leather, again, depending on what boxes you tick at the dealership.
The rear seats will just about seat three adults, although compared to some of the other vehicles in the same class, it does feel a bit cramped.
No details have been officially released about the new vehicle, but unofficial sources say that the Soul will be fitted with a 4-cylinder power plant, possibly of 1.6 liter displacement.
The engine itself will be available in two states of tune, although neither of them are particularly powerful; 1.6 liter I4 engine, 124 BHP for the base engine and a massive 132 BHP for the higher tuned power plant. Both engines will be coupled to a manual or auto 6-speed transmission. There is also talk of a 1.6 liter diesel engine, producing 128 BHP and coupled to an auto transmission only.
Overall dimensions of the new Kia Soul are:
Ground clearance 6.2”
Curb weight (depending on exact spec) 2826 – 3099 lbs.
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However, there are also some rumors regarding a sporty version, perhaps using a turbocharged GDi 4-cylinder engine, producing approximately 200 BHP and maybe with an AWD layout. Power will be sent through a 7-speed dual clutch system and the interior is expected to be aimed at the younger generation.
The base model is fitted with push button start, cruise control, climate control, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights and an 8” touchscreen multimedia system.
The flagship model has all of the above, but also includes 18” alloy rims, keyless entry, panoramic electric sunroof and parking sensors.
Updated: Rumors of high-performance Kia Soul modification has been partly confirmed. The GT trim named ‘!’ in North American market received turbocharged I4 1.6-liter engine, producing 201 HP, mated with 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The layout remains front wheel drive. Such modification received special more aggressive styling with large fog lamps in front.