All new Kia Soul arrives 2014
New look inspired by the Kia Track’ster
The all new 2014 Kia Soul urban crossover will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the all new Soul will go on sale in Europe next year and it boasts a whole new smooth look which has been inspired by the Kia Track’ster.
Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe said “the Soul has attracted a loyal following among Kia buyers, so it was important that the all-new model remained true to the original iconic design. Beyond design, our main focus was infusing it with improved driving dynamics, developing a higher-quality cabin and adding desirable features that improve the Soul’s appeal, value and sophistication. Keeping what made the current Soul special while addressing areas for improvement presented Kia’s American design studio in California and engineers in Korea with a tough challenge. Many of the Track’ster’s dramatic design elements, first seen in 2012 can now be found in the new Soul. Kia has maintained the iconic design while adding modern styling cues to make the 2014 Soul even more desirable.”
The exterior similarities between the new Soul and Track’ster includes the large trapezoidal lower front air intake which has been carried over from the concept also the fog lights which are located low down and pushed to the outer edges mirror those found on the concept. Kia’s signature grille is present, though reworked to more closely resemble the concept and bring it in line with other models in the product line-up. The new Kia Soul also has a stronger bodyshell together with suspension upgrades this has enabled Kia engineers to create a car with significantly improved driving dynamics, ride quality and greater refinement. Buyers will be able to choose between the latest versions of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi gasoline and CRDi diesel engines, as well as six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
The interior of the Soul has been upgraded and one of the significant changes is that the cabin is much quieter. The materials used are of a high standard and there is obviously greater soundproofing. The interior also appears much more spacious, in fact it has increased front leg room and more head and shoulder space. Passengers in the rear also gain some extra leg space. The step in height has been reduced as well which allows easier entry. Specification will be finalised nearer the release day but it is reported that there will be a choice between single and two-tone interiors, with black, brown and grey leather and fabrics available. Blue, red and orange high-gloss interior highlights are also available with a new range of interior packages.
Premium features will include depending on model chosen front LED lights and rear LED ‘halo’ lights; xenon headlights; keyless entry and push-button engine start; automatic climate control air-conditioning; cruise control; leather seat trim; ventilated front seats; heated front and rear seats; panoramic glass sunroof; and heated exterior mirrors. There is also the optional Infinity sound system tuned specifically for the new Soul.
Eleven exterior paint finishes will be offered plus three different roof colours; black, white and red. To complete the exterior look there is also the option of eight different alloy wheel designs ranging from 16” to 18” including four new designs with coloured inserts to contrast or match the body colour.
The all-new 2014 Kia Soul will go on sale across Europe next year when the full model line-up, choice of gasoline and diesel powertrains, performance, economy, equipment specifications and prices will all be confirmed. If a new crossover is what you are waiting for then the new Kia Soul is worth the wait.