The New Generation Kia Soul Officially Made Its Debut At The Salon in New York
|   Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The folks from Kia have unveiled the newest generation of the Soul at the Auto Show in New York. The monocab increases in size, offers more interior space and is preparing for the European debut.

"When the Soul was introduced for the first time in 2009, everyone at Kia believed we had a hit on our hands, but we didn't realize how big that hit was going to be," said Michael Sprague, director for marketing and communications for Kia Motors America.
"The Soul moved the needle significantly from a sales and marketing perspective, becoming one of our top-selling cars and inspiring the now-legendary hamster commercials. It was important that the all-new Soul remain true to the original iconic design while infusing it with improved driving dynamics and desirable features that add appeal, sophistication and value."

The urban model is not difficult to recognize, the outline design being closer to the old generation. However, the Kia design office from North America decided to offer the serial version some of the aggressiveness of the Track'ster concept, displayed at the end of last year, in another American salon, the one from the Chicago.

The new generation of Soul counts on the current grid company, named "tiger nose", but raises to new elements, such as line of headlights, slightly sharp, spoiler, and the seven body colors including Inferno Red and Solar Yellow. LED lights in the front and rear could not be missing, which helps to better individualize the model.

According to the press release issued by Kia, the New Soul is built on a longer, wider and stiffer chassis than the previous model. The passenger and trunk space has increased in size. If we focus more on the interior, we find increased leg room for the front seats and the rear as well as more space for the head and shoulders for those who are on the rear seats. And also to enhance the inside comfort, the noise isolation for the cabin has been increased. As regards as the luggage compartment, its width of the charging was widened with 6 centimeters.

Compared with the old generation, the new Soul has increased dimensions: 15 mm wider (1800 mm) and has a wheelbase 20 mm longer (2570 mm). The height remains the same, of 1610 mm. Changes come to the trunk too, which is now with 60 mm wider.

Inside, the Kia will keep the ambient lighting and will raise the stakes with a high resolution touch screen, which equals in size the premium models: 8 inches. The Infinity sound system, online radio Pandora (available only in United States), automatic climate control and panoramic roof can also be found.

For the beginning, the New Soul is offered with two gasoline engines in the United States market. One displaces 1.6 liters and produces 130 hp while the unit with four cylinders displacing 2.0 liters produces 165 horsepower. For the Europe markets, the Koreans will the most likely choose a gasoline engine with a 1.6 liter displacement and a diesel with the same capacity.
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