U.S. buyers will be able to place their orders for the new Soul in the first half of 2019. In doing so, they will enjoy more technology, available advanced driver assistance systems, increased cargo room (compared to predecessor) and even a new rugged X-Line variant, joining the LX, EX, S and GT-Line specs.
An all-electric Soul EV model is also on its way, said to be available only with certain retailers in select markets and for a limited time. Otherwise, people looking for a trendy and modern new Kia will have to “settle” for either a normally aspirated 2.0-liter petrol unit or a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol, mated to an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox – controlled via a rotary dial setup.
Whether the Soul EV will make it to this year’s LA Auto Show is still unclear. When it does arrive, we expect it to feature a 64 kWh battery, allowing for up to 258 miles (415 km) of travel on a single charge.
Familiar shape with a modern twist
We’ve known that the all-new Kia Soul will retain its predecessor’s boxy design ever since the first spy images surfaced showing fully camouflaged prototypes being driven around in public.
As for the interior, we have seen part of the redesigned dashboard, which features a leather steering wheel with piano black and aluminum inlays, a digital instrument cluster, a heads-up display and a large infotainment screen located underneath the air vents.
Overall, we think the following rendering is a pretty accurate representation. The best part is that we’re only a week away from finding out everything we need to know about the 2020 Soul.