Kia Soul new generation: now with LED “squint”November 15, 2018
The world premiere of the third generation SUV will take place this month, and the start of sales is scheduled for early next year. The model can get a full drive.
The day before, Kia distributed the first teaser of the new Soul – the crossover feed was captured in that picture. Now the brand has opened the front end design. The model received a narrow LED optics, however, judging by the previously published spy photos and videos of the “Korean”, these are not headlights, but daytime running lights: the headlights themselves are round, they are located below, and below them are round fog lights.
Technical characteristics of the SUV are still kept secret. According to unofficial data, the third Soul shares the platform with the Hyundai Kona crossover, it can also get engines from the Hyundai model. The Kona engine line-up (depending on the market) includes the 1.6 T-GDI (177 hp) petrol-powered turbo-four, 1.0 T-GDI (120 hp) 1.0 T-GDI (120 hp)) diesel 1.6 CRDi (115 or 136 hp). But the main thing is that the Hyundai Kona has an all-wheel drive version, which means that Soul can finally get the 4WD option.
In addition, it has already been officially announced that, like its predecessor, the new generation Kia cross will be available with electrical installation. Kona Electric has two of them: the base “green” SUV is equipped with a 135-horsepower electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 39.2 kWh (power reserve is about 300 km through the WLTP cycle), the top has an electric motor with a capacity of 204 hp and a battery with a capacity of 64 kWh (power reserve – 470 km). By the way, in Europe a new Soul will be offered only in the form of an electric vehicle.
The official presentation of the third-generation Kia SUV will be held at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which will open its doors to media representatives on November 28 of this year. The site was clearly not chosen by chance – the US is the largest market for Soul, although sales of the model are falling. So, in 2017, 115,712 such cars were sold in the States (-21% compared to 2016), and in January-October 2018, 85,839 customers (-14%) stopped the choice at the cross-country.