Kia Soul: all-new generation revealed |CarAdvice

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Kia Soul

: all-new generation

The second-generation Kia Soul has made its at the 2013 New York auto

With strong visual to the Kia Track’ster concept unveiled at year’s Chicago show, the Kia Soul was penned in California according to chief designer Tom “guidance from Peter in Frankfurt and assistance from our in Korea”.

Built on a fresh platform, the new Kia is longer and wider, yet no taller its predecessor, while the wheelbase by 20mm.

Kearns says the trapazoidal air intake was “nearly a carryover of the concept”, likewise the fog “down low and pushed to the edge”.

The will be available with and 2.0-litre direct-injected petrol in the US, while a 1.7-litre turbo-diesel is for European and Australian markets. Kia has out offering a turbo petrol in the Soul.

The 1.6-litre produces 97kW of at 6300rpm, and 160Nm of torque at while the 2.0-litre makes at 6200rpm and 205Nm at 4000rpm.

units are down slightly with their calibration in the Kia Rio and Hyundai i40 (2.0) but Kia claims engines “have been to provide more low-end Compared with the outgoing and 2.0-litre Soul, at 1500rpm the engines make five per and nine per cent more respectively.

Each engine is available a six-speed manual or automatic

A strut-front, torsion beam suspension design is maintained, the front subframe now uses bushes (previously the Soul had the steering rack has been and the front stabiliser bar moved Vertical dampers (the units were slanted) to Kia “allows for more suspension improving ride comfort”.

the body panels, extra foam replaces block-foam for deadening, while a “reinforced pad” contributes to a claimed decibel reduction in cabin

Kia Soul

Inside, Kia claims the design “paid particular attention to a more premium look and to the interior” with “liberal of soft touch materials” on the console, instrument panel and trims.

A circular interior was carried over from the concept, with the instrument grouping of the steering wheel-mounted and window and door lock all incorporating circles.

Rear legrooom and front increases by 5.1mm and front room is up 7.6mm. The width of the opening is improved by 61mm, body rigidity improves by a 28.7 per cent.

A new second-generation system debuts within the touchscreen, and supplementing 4.1-inch colour screen. It incorporates digital radio (unavailable in and app-based functionality.

Options in the US include satellite navigation, sunroof, leather trim, heaters for all outboard positions, driver’s seat with electric adjustment, HID headlights, and a steering system which weighting between three – Comfort, Normal and Sport.

It is unclear which features be available in the Australian model but Kia says when the all-new arrives in the first half of year, it will likely with petrol and diesel for around the same price as the model.

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