2020 Kia Soul: Looks, Interior, Engines And Everything Else We Know

Time flies when those Hamsters are having fun, well, Kia Soul-driving hamsters that is. Kia’s strong-selling subcompact crossover has gathered quite a loyal following. But with an all-new, third generation model on the horizon, will we see a radical change?

Let’s delve further and illustratively explore what we can expect from Kia’s Hyundai Kona rival.

Funky Attitude

What’s immediately apparent is that the Soul’s trademark boxy design carries over, albeit sharpened up, as opposed to the smooth(er) look of the current car.

Whilst the roofline appears the same, those large headlights have been ditched for a split-lamp setup, slim turn signals and LED daytime running lamps sit above the grille. The main units are now located lower down where fog lights would normally be positioned.

There will be a pure electric version of the new Soul too (pictured above), with this model to sport a unique front-end styling, while the sportier turbo variant will get a mesh-style grille and center-mount exhaust outlets.

The rear of the small crossover features chiseled c-pillars and vertical, boomerang-style LED taillights which flow downward into the middle of the hatch.

Stylish Accommodation Inside

The interior will be roomier with higher-quality touches, like door inlays with jewel-like geometric patterns (think latest Lexus LS), piano black and aluminum finished inlays on the leather steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and a heads up display.

Moving away from the current trend of high-mount, tablet-style infotainment screens, the Soul has its touchscreen located below the center air vents. The traditional-style gear shifter has made way for a rotary dial setup, with the stop-start button, park assist, seat heating and drive mode selector all found in the same cluster too.

Under The Skin

It’s expected the Soul will share Hyundai/Kia’s B-SUV platform, which bodes well for torsional rigidity, handling and ride quality. A significant portion of the body structure will consist of hot-stamped, advanced high strength steel (AHSS); aiding in improved crash-worthiness.

An all-wheel drive system will be available, again shared with Hyundai’s Kona, this drivetrain is likely to be mechanical in nature, as opposed to the Kia Trail’ster Concept’s rear-mount, electric motor setup.

Electric & ICE

There’ll be four-cylinder units in 1.6 and 2.0-litre guises. The latter will be normally aspirated and serve as an entry level offering, while the 1.6-litre will be turbocharged with up to 200 horsepower on tap. Expect the base engine to offer a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, whilst the 1.6-litre will be paired with an seven-speed, dual-clutch auto.

However the biggest news will be the all-electric variant. Our spies have snapped images of the interior, capturing the battery range readout. These show the electric version can travel 271 miles (437 Km) at 92% charge. Overall range could hit the 300 mile (~480 km) mark, which not only betters the current Soul EV at 111 miles (180 km), but also Hyundai’s Kona electric at 258 miles (415km). The latter uses a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery arrangement, so it is possible that the Soul has a bigger pack.

Subcompact SUV Rivals

Kia’s third-generation funk-box sits in a growing segment where rampant automotive breeding has gotten out of control. It will compete against the likes of Jeep’s Renegade, Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax – just to name a few.

Launch Timing

Recent reports indicate the all-new Soul could debut late next month at the Las Angeles Auto Show. If so, expect sales to start around the middle of next year as a MY2020 offering.

Does Kia’s next Soul do it for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops.com / Josh Byrnes

 

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  • Teflon Don Colombo✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The rendering looks decent.

  • ZYGIUS

    Dying segment…

    • EL CHAPO

      you?

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Not too shabby, Kia!

    Just like Toyota/Lexus in latest memory, you guys are killing it with your redesigns too, Kia. Especially after seeing those leaked photos of the Telluride.. My sincere congratulations. 🙂

  • MarkoS

    If the production version is close to the render, The Soul will be more grown-up and refined this should appeal to many more buyers. This could be popular with empty nesters.

    • charlotteharry57

      I fit into that category but would never buy one. Why? Hardly any cargo room behind the rear seats.

      • MarkoS

        For the size the cargo room is just fine and the seats fold.

      • Btbcc12859

        I disagree that car has plenty of space for luggage, groceries, or the occasional run to Ikea.

  • charlotteharry57

    Nothing radical, as expected. I don’t like the front lighting design, but that too, was expected. My only issue with the rendering is that I’m sure there will be some sort of a Kia-style grille, however thin.

    • C172fccc

      In their rendering, they put the Kia-style grille at the bottom.

    • paulgdeaton

      The rendering, as I understand the article, is the electric version. I am sure the ICE model will have a more Kia-style grill.

  • Paul

    It looks like it will keep the tradition alive. The hamsters will like it.

  • pcurve

    looks like nav screen is making its way back down to center console in more cars.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Looks great! The Koreans really are taking the fight against long-established European brands and winning.

    • no25

      lol “and winning”

      • Galaxium

        Hyundai conglomerate is the fifth biggest automaker, despite really only having started like in the 80s.

      • bd0007

        Well, H/K have the largest market-share (out of non-European brands) in Europe, and esp. Germany.

        And Hyundai can’t keep up w/ demand for the i30N (again, esp. in Germany).

  • Tobias Schreyer

    Looks mean!! Great rendering!!

  • Steve Heller

    I’m on my second soul (2017 EV), and have really been curious as to the 3rd gen . Wow! It looks great. They really did a nice job with the current cars funky headlights and grill. This new car looks like a winner. Just hope the EV version has all the improvements too

  • Btbcc12859

    My one issue is the steering wheel controls. I think the circle pods are cute for the sake of being cute. Look at the 2013 model, the steering controls are more straight forward.

    • paulgdeaton

      …and I wonder… is the duck tape on the center of the wheel standard, or will it be an extra-cost option?

      😉

  • Fred Silva

    Kia should have made a hybrid Soul instead of a strait up EV. I owned both the first and 2nd generation but gave up waiting for them to make a hybrid version and bought a Niro instead. If they ever make a hybrid version, I would consider buying one again because it was/is a fun car.

    • bd0007

      There’s a good chance that most (if not all) ICE Kias going forward will get a 48V mild hybrid system.

  • Maykel

    Darth Vader

    • Bo Hanan

      Just give it AWD!

  • Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης

    Ι prefer the current one!! I think is more beautiful! I was really hoping that the 3rd Gen would be the trailster concept!!

  • FordMopar

    I know it’s a rendering but I believe it’s the closest to real one revealing soon. This is what all crossovers need to look like! It’s almost 2019! I’m just tired of boring ass looking Equinox, Trax, Compass, Pilot, etc. Look at the upcoming Chevy Blazer. More crossovers need to start looking more futuristic!

  • Honda NSX-R

    That rendering looks dope!

  • bd0007

    If the rendering is accurate, would be a nice improvement re the sheetmetal.

    Now, if the rumors are true about it getting available AWD, then there’s no reason why the Soul can’t continue being a big seller for Kia here.

    • Tobias Schreyer

      It’s gonna be the e-AWD and not the classic one, as far as I’ve heard…

  • David Levesque

    The current 1.6 is too slow, unless you live somewhere without hills. Making the naturally aspirated 2.0 the base engine should make the Soul a better value.

    • Steve S

      It looks like the 1.6 will only be available as a Turbo, which is good because my 2015 base Soul has the 1.6 and it’s an anemic little engine that occasionally has trouble in the SoCal mountains…

    • Liam Paul

      you what would make it go faster , a Hellcat engine, come on Hyundai Buy FCA lol. haha a kia soul with a Hellcat engine would be downright scary LOL

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        We don’t want FCA’s stank to taint Hyundai/Kia’s progress.

        FCA is ancient low quality junk.

  • Ben

    Ugh…can’t believe it, but I’m actually hyped for a KIA Soul.

  • Bash

    They gonna be using a rotary gear shifter. hope the people get educated about it and knows how to use it by then. we cont want to see a repeated FCA issue with another car maker.

  • klowik

    raise it up a bit more then it will be perfect SUV.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Don’t give them any ideas lol

  • David Rawding

    My second Soul is a diesel and both of them have been really good with NO problems even with 93k on the first and 34k on my two year old Maxx .T The new one for 2019-20 looks even better.

  • Judy Poarch

    I love my 2011 Kia Soul …I have a little pop up camper and my Kia pulls it like its not even there…Ive pulled From North Carolina To Georgia and Florida without hesitation…Don’t know if I would ever want to own any other small vehicle…#LOVEMYKIA

  • emjayay

    Who would have thought that Citroens would have a stylistic influence on a Kia Soul?

  • Liam Paul

    Who else is going to the funeral for the sedan? It gave so much to families over the decades but well it’s dead

  • DantesLegions

    I dig the Frankenstein front fascia. lol

    • Bill Nguyen

      Haha, me too. I know it’s a render but if it looks like that it’d be nice.

  • Kaido Alex

    Looks like a first-generation Scion xB.

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