At the recent Motor Show in Geneva Korean company Kia, along with other new products, showed the third generation of its unusual crossover SOUL 2019-2020 model year.
Working out a new image for the model SOUL next-generation, KIA designers have tried to save the recognizable model to the best way, but at the same time make an updated design more stylish and bright.
Perform this task was managed using the following solutions:
- Skinny head optics with built-in LED lines of running lights;
- direct hood with embossed climbing;
- front bumper with massive air intake grille;
- additional front units with built-in lighting equipment;
- straight roof line;
- extended large wheeled arches;
- Figure front fire;
- large lateral glazing;
- vertical door trunk with C-shaped narrow lamps;
- plastic body kit;
- 18-inch disks;
- step rear bumper;
- Dual diffusers of exhaust equipment mounted in a protective panel.
The modified changes in the appearance gave the car a modern image, but at the same time they kept the individual features inherent in the soul crossover.
In the cabin of the new generation of Kia Soul 2019-2020, the company designers did not conduct significant changes, but by using point decisions made it more comfortable and interesting.
The most important improvements should be attributed:
- New multifunctional steering wheel with a straight line;
- Deployed towards the driver, the central part of the front console with the built-in display;
- Comfortable door armrests with control elements of various systems of the machine;
- Wide front armrest with clothing boxing;
- Front seats with increased side support;
- Changed climatic equipment deflectors with improved air flow distribution.
In the interior design, high-quality materials that increase the noise insulating parameters are used, and the mains of the cabin is made of innovative three-dimensional tissue. In addition, many elements of the cabin got edging from light metal.
Soul third generation received a new K2 platform, which made it possible to increase the dimensions. New crossover dimensions leave:
|Parameter.||The Size.||The Change.|
|Length.||4 200 mm||+56 mm|
|Width||1 800 mm||-|
|Height||1 600 mm||-|
|Wheelbase.||2 600 mm||+30 mm|
|Trunk.||365/650 L.||+ 10 / + 145 L|
Soul 2019-2020 has significantly updated the list of systems used and equipment. Among the most interesting and important can be noted;
- LED optics;
- automatic lighting;
- invincible access;
- Starting the engine from the button;
- Full electrobacts, including automatic folding of side mirrors when setting for parking;
- multimedia complex with a 10.25-inch monitor;
- on-board computer;
- navigation equipment;
- circular review;
- parking sensors;
- Complex for tracking a strip of movement, road signs, blind zones with the possibility of automatic braking;
- projection display (optional);
- Panoramic hatch (optional);
- Component acoustics by 10 speakers;
- LED lighting of the cabin with a variable color gamut;
- 2-zone climate control;
- electrical heating steering and all seats;
- Wireless charging;
- USB connectors;
- Cruise control;
The final list of systems and equipment, as well as options for complete sets and accessible KIA options, will present before the start of the serial vehicle.
Initially, the KIA SOUL 2019-2020 model year will be equipped with power units with the following technical characteristics:
|Gasoline Atmospheric||2.0 L.||150 HP.|
|Petrol Turbocharged||1.6 L.||205 HP.|
The crossover transmission will receive only an optional execution, and the 6-speed MCPP, 7-band automatic transmission or variator can be used as a CP.
Also, the new Kia Soul will also be available with a fully electric motor with a capacity of 201 hp, whose work will provide:
- batteries by 64 kWh.;
- Liquid cooling system;
- Modern combined charging system.
The electrical series will receive the name Soul EV.
A semi-dependent rear suspension can be attributed to interesting design solutions of the car, as well as the use of heavy-duty steels, providing strength to the body and improved handling.
When will it be on sale?
Initially, the Soul model was created by Kia for the American market. That is why the first sales of the third generation of the crossover will start in the USA in the spring of 2019.
In European countries, the beginning of the implementation of the new Kia Soul model is scheduled for the summer of 2019, according to an estimated price for the basic performance of 17.70 thousand euros. Our country to official dealers of the Korean company, a novelty will go closer to winter 2019-2020.
History of the model
For the first time, the car was introduced at the end of 2008 and immediately attracted attention to an unusual exterior. Initially, experts even made it difficult to attribute the model to a specific class. In the current period, the second-generation soul is produced, which has passed the scheduled update in 2016. In addition to the original appearance, the car has such advantages as:
- spacious salon;
- good permeability;
The third generation Soul was presented at the end of 2018, and in Geneva, Kia brought a fully electric version of the car.
Competitors of the new model:
The most close to Kia Soul is suitable for the description of the MINI-SUV segment and therefore the following crossovers are considered closest competitors:
- Suzuki SX4;
- Hyundai Creta;
- Skoda Yeti;
- Ford EcoSport;
- Mitsubishi ASX.
Watch the video review of gasoline and electric versions Kia Soul 2019-2020: