The more efficient and more spacious second-generation Kia Soul crossover will make its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new vehicle – shown in European specification for the first time – echoes the outgoing model’s upright stance but also features an all-new interior, with higher quality materials and a more driver-focused design.
The biggest technical change for the 2014 Soul is the adoption of an all-new platform, based on that of the latest Kia Ceed. A stiffer body shell an new suspension is expected to ensure the car has better handling, and greater comfort and refinement.
Buyers will be able to choose between the latest versions of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi petrol and CRDi diesel engines, as well as six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model, and feature improved efficiency with lower emissions.
The 2014 Soul will be available in Europe with a range of new features (depending on model), including LED daytime running lights and rear LED ‘halo’ lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry and push-button engine start, automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, panoramic glass sunroof and heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors.
The all-new 2014 Kia Soul will go on sale across Europe early next year when the full performance, economy, equipment specifications and prices will be confirmed.