Joining Kia’s display of a new concept model for a small crossover to compete against the Nissan Juke at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will be the European premieres of the all-new, second generation Soul and the refreshed Optima sedan.
The 2014 Soul, which has already been revealed in the States, keeps the original model’s boxy looks with styling details loosely inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept. Kia said that it will release information on the available diesel and gasoline engine and transmission lineups for the European market at a later date. Sales of the new Soul will begin during the second quarter of 2014.
As with its North American twin, in European specification, the lightly revised 2014 Optima sports reworked front and rear ends, along with updated infotainment, comfort and safety features.
Kia added that the Optima’s 1.7-liter diesel engine has been upgraded with a new battery management system for the start-stop unit and as a result, CO2 emissions are down to 128g/km.