Kia launched the funky new Kia Soul earlier this year to include a range of 'Originals' - limited edition versions of the car - and with the change in season comes a change to the Originals collection. These 'character' models are designed to showcase equipment features and styles available on Soul which customers can match to their lifestyles and personalities.
The beginning of the month saw the launch of the all-new Kia Soul 'Tempest' Original, which replaces the outgoing 'Samba' model. The Kia Soul Tempest features standard metallic paintwork in Titanium Silver with black high-gloss bumper inserts and door mirrors, and is fitted with unique black 18-inch alloy wheels. Completing the look inside is the modern 'Soul-Shine' black seat trim with metallic centre fascia and chrome accents on the dashboard and instrument clusters.
Other key features include Kia's Advanced Reversing Camera system with Electrochromic Rearview Mirror, as available on its sister model Shaker, and an upgraded audio system which features a dash-top centre speaker, rear sub-woofer and external amplifier.
The Kia Soul Tempest is available in 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines with a four-speed automatic transmission available on the latter - the first time automatic has been offered on any Original model. And with the price of Tempest starting from just £12,845, it's certainly a tempting offer.
There are other minor model year changes to the rest of the Kia Soul range being introduced as running changes. The entry grade '1' trim now gains driver's seat height adjust as standard.
Metallic centre fascia highlights and chrome accents have been improved and made brighter and are now offered as standard on the Kia Soul 2 grade as well as all Originals. Also, the lidded storage tray in the upper dash has been redesigned for improved functionality and usage.
Colour availability has been revised on the Kia Soul '2' mid-grade. With the deletion of Samba from the line-up, the vivid Tornado Red paintwork is now made available on all '2' models, while the vibrant metallic Cocktail Orange is no longer offered. This quickly changing line-up ensures that all Kia Soul customers feel special knowing theirs is one of a limited number.
The beginning of October 2009 also saw a small increase in pricing to the Kia Soul range, with prices now starting from £10,775 OTR.
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