Kia has introduced the 2014 Soul at the 113th New York International Auto Show.
Compared to its predecessor, the new generation is 15.24mm wider (1800mm) and has a 20.3mm longer wheelbase (2570mm), while maintaining the same height (1610mm). It also has a 60.9mm wider opening for the lift gate and will be available in seven new exterior paints, including Inferno Red and Solar Yellow.
It will be offered in three trim levels: Base Soul, Soul Plus and Soul Exclaim with the entry-level model featuring power windows and door locks, 6-speaker sound system, telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, SiriusXM and optional 16-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and cruise control.
Soul Plus adds 17-inch alloys, auto headlights, UVO eServices, Rear Camera Display, floor console stowage box with arm rest, along with optional goodies like 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, leather/heated steering wheel, leather gear shift knob, ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, fog lights, Infinity audio system and string-LED front speakers.
Soul Exclaim packs 18-inch wheels, fog lights, projector headlights, front LED positioning lights, rear LED lights, high-gloss piano black center console, cooled glove box and optional HID headlights, Supervision Cluster screen, automatic climate control and front speaker LED mood lightning.
The Base Soul has a 1.6-liter GDI engine rated at 130 bhp (97 kW) and 118 lb-ft (160 Nm) of torque, while Plus and Exclaim have a 2.0-liter GDI with 164 bhp (122 kW) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm). Base and Plus are linked as standard to a 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed auto, while Exclaim is sold exclusively with the auto.
The car was developed on an all-new chassis which is almost 29 percent stiffer and has a narrower A-pillar for better visibility with the styling influeced by last year's Track'ster Concept. Suspension has been reworked with a McPherson strut front and a torsion bar rear configured for better steering. Flex Steer is optionally available and brings three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
More details are available in the attached press release.