Kia has introduced the 2014 Soul at the 113th New York International Auto Show. Styling influenced by 2012 Track'ster Concept.
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.