The Korean small crossover will soon join the large subcompact SUV market. It is the brand new 2018 Kia Soul. The second generation of this model has been presented as the 2014 model year. So, we will have to wait for several more years to see the next, or to say the third generation of this model. Until then, the Kia car maker will give it some small but visible adjustments to keep it competitive.
The spy shots of the new Soul has been already been revealed. Based on the heavy camouflage, we can only conclude that it will get the revised exterior on both fascias. Inside, we believe that it might get just some small changes including larger infotainment system. Under its hood, there probably won`t be any significant changes. The new Kia Soul will continue to be available in three trim levels. Those are: LX, EX and SX. Its main rivals on the market will be Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX- 3 and Jeep Renegade.
2018 Kia Soul types of engines
Depending on a trim level, the 2018 Kia Soul will be available with several types of engines. The base model will be powered with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine. This one will be able to produce 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be mated to either six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The mid- and top trims will get 2.0-liter 4-cylinder GDI unit. It will be able to develop 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This unit will only come with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The front wheel drive will be standard while the all-wheel drive configuration will be optional.
Furthermore, a plug-in-hybrid will come in Soul EV model. It will be an AC motor paired with s single-speed transmission. This unit will be able to make 109 horses and 210 pound-feet of torque.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2018 Kia Soul will definitively be refreshed all over the body. Based on the heavy camouflage, we can tell for sure that the front and the rear ends will be slightly revised. The front end will feature a low radiator grille which might get a horizontal split in the middle. As well, perhaps it might a slightly different shape. The fake air vents might be gone in the new Soul, and the fog lights should be placed a bit higher than before. On the rear end, we could see slightly restyled taillights too.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Soul should probably receive some minor upgrades. However, any specific information is still unknown. We assume that the dashboard will get a minor redesign with larger display with infotainment system. However, the rest of the cabin should stay pretty much the same. This is unfortunately all we can say about the interior of the new Kia. For more info, we have to wait for the Kia`s official announcement.
Release date and price
The new 2018 Kia Soul should arrive sometime during 2018. As for the price, it should be similar to the one of the current model, but probably a bit higher. The price of its forerunner starts at around $16,000.