At the New York Auto Show there was presented the new model of Kia Soul. This new vehicle received upgrades, which touched almost all parts of the Soul body. Exterior changes include rear-view mirrors with integrated turn signals, new bumpers and LED running lights. The changes in the interior include new upholstery, Premium Infinity audio system and Kia's UVO system together with Sport trims. The premium package includes heated leather-trimmed front seats, automatic climate control, navigation, and push-button start. All Souls come standard with air conditioning, power windows(locks and mirrors) and Sirius-ready radio.
After just two model years, we have given the 2012 Soul significant improvements in style, power and fuel economy, making this iconic vehicle the perfect package for consumers looking for something a little outside the box. With gas prices on the rise, this refresh adds even more style and fun-to-drive performance, while also improving fuel economy by 10 percent, said Michael Sprague, vice president of Marketing & Communications at Kia Motors America.
It is known that in the U.S. Kia Soul will be available with either 1.6 or 2.0-liter engine producing 122 or 142 hp. In Europe, Souls will be equipped with 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine producing 126 hp and a 1.6-liter gasoline powerplant with power output near 124 hp. It is likely that Kia will replace the standard gasoline engine with a new 4-cylinder direct injection powerplant producing 138 hp. The fuel consumption of the 1.6-liter engine is rated at 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway, while the 2.0-liter unit achieves 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Pricing information is still unknown, though it is expected to be close to the current model's cost.