At the New York International Auto Show, Kia has unveiled the new facelifted Kia Soul, which has been fine tuned with technology and powertrain enhancements.
New design features include new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned bonnet as well as new front and rear bumpers. Rear light clusters are now LED.
The interior sees a more high-tech futuristic cabin featuring a three dial instrument cluster, LCD illumination and floating centre stack design complete with USB and MP3 connectivity, with iPod compatibility, controlled via the headunit and steering wheel-mounted controls. An audio upgrade package comes complete with a reversing camera display.
The new Kia Soul has received horsepower and fuel economy increases alongside a new six speed transmission.
A new 1.6 litre petrol direct injection (GDI) engine mated to a six speed manual transmission produces 138bhp, an 11% increase over the previous engine.
A new 2.0 litre engine will be available in some markets and can be combined with either a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission. The latter engine producing 160bhp.
The new Kia Soul is expected in UK showrooms from the autumn.Published 22 April 2011