The Kia Soul is a compact hatchback that has been around for quite a while. Even though the car is nothing special, if we take it by the specs it has, it managed to outsell most of its rivals. How? Well, it is the only one to feature a quirky design while also having the features of a hatchback. The current model has been around since 2013 but the car is actually really similar to its predecessor. It looks like a new version might already be on its way. Even though the manufacturer didn’t say much about it, the new car is likely going to hit the market with the future 2019 Kia Soul.
Even though the details are still scarce, the new version of the car should still boast the same platform as the i20. This time around things will be slightly different when it comes to its running gear. Some suggested the car may get an independent rear suspension. This would not only improve the way it rides but it should make the car considerably better to drive.
Another area where the Soul would need attention is the braking performance. The current car is fine but it has the brakes of a much smaller vehicle. The upcoming version of the Soul should feature slightly larger front and rear rotors as well as bigger calipers in the front. Thanks to this, it should be able to not only brake better than before but also do it with more control. The new platform will also mean the 2019 Kia Soul will get lighter while the NVH levels will improve.
2019 Kia Soul Price and Release date
Considering the past models, it is safe to assume Kia will release the new Soul in the early 2018. Its price may increase slightly over what is currently available. Some suggested around $18,000 with the range-topping models going for north of $25,000. Even so, as the car would offer more features, its price to performance ratio should be quite a bit better than before.
So far the Soul has always had this quirky design which we are quite sure it is not going to change anytime soon. The mini-crossover proportions are likely here to stay. The car will feature a bulky front end and the same type of window-line as before. The big change here will be the headlights and bumpers. In the front we expect to see Kia’s new four-LED clusters headlights, new round fog-lamps as well as a larger grille. The rear of the car on the other hand will likely continue to offer a glass tailgate as well as large vertical tail lights. We do hope for new wheels and color schemes but Kia hasn’t said much about these just yet.
As before, the cabin of the new 2019 Kia Soul won’t be that far off Kia’s other vehicles. However, this time around it looks like the vertical design is going to be gone. In its place, the car should feature a more hatchback-like interior. The center stack is likely going to be wider and lower than before. The instrument cluster will also change to a digital one while the infotainment system should now be mounted higher on the dashboard. Thanks to its really tall roof-line, the car will still offer a lot of passenger space for its size. However, the trunk may be smaller than before due to the different platform.
2019 Kia Soul Engine and Specs
So far the Soul has been available with a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated mill. Some markets also received a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated engine or a diesel with the same displacement. The upcoming 2019 Kia Soul on the other hand will change things slightly. The car will likely feature a new turbocharged engine, possibly a 1.0 to 1.2 liter unit, offering around 115 to 130 horsepower. This will only be available in Europe.
The US market may get a 1.6 liter turbo-four offering between 160 to 200 horsepower. Some also suggested that Hyundai’s N division may tune a version of the Soul. While this would be interesting to see, we find it very unlikely. As before, the car will continue to use a 6 speed manual as its base offering. However, the higher end versions will now get, as standard, a 7 speed DCT gearbox.