2013 IAA: 2014 Kia Soul Facelift arrives at the Messe [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2013

The 2014 Kia Soul compact SUV made its debut in Europe at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. The 2014 Soul, which took inspiration from the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept, is expected to go on sale in early 2014 throughout Europe. The 2014 Soul comes with a very fresh, more grown-up look, making it instantly identifiable as a Soul.

The IAA marks the first time for the all-new vehicle with European specs to be on display. It shares several features of the outgoing model, which includes its upright stance, squared shoulders, wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights and impressive SUV ride height. Its interior is all new, with materials that are of better quality and design that’s more focused on the driver. The 2014 Soul will be available with three different roof colors (black, white and red).

Customers can also choose from any of 11 exterior paint finishes.  Kia’s stand at the Frankfurt show features two new Souls that have been fitted with a new SUV Styling Pack, which includes piano black bumper garnish, side skirts, wheel arches and black painted roof.  Kia’s new lineup of accessory kits for the Soul is meant to give owners the chance to take advantage of the vehicle’s versatility. The most significant technical upgrade for the new 2014 Soul is its use of an all-new platform, based on what the newest Kia cee’d is built on. As a result, it offers better ride and handling than the previous model. Its on-road behaviour is also more mature and refined.

In fact, the second-generation Soul is the most refined in its class due to its upgraded suspension, and a bodyshell that’s 29% stiffer. In addition, it comes with soundproofing so comprehensive that interior noise levels are lower by about three decibels. Its dimensions are slightly bigger, making the new model more practical. It has a longer wheelbase and wider track, offering a bigger cabin space and cargo capacity.  All passengers get bigger leg, head and shoulder room. Meanwhile, the cargo area is 4% bigger to 354 litres (plus more underfloor storage) when the rear seats are upright. The environmental performance for the new model has also been enhanced.

Kia is offering buyers to choose from the latest versions of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI gasoline and CRDi diesel engines, and from the six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. These two engines, which were also offered with the outgoing model, offer improved efficiency with lower emissions. Depending on the model selected, the European-spec Soul will be available with new premium features.

These include front LED lights and rear LED ‘halo’ lights; HID headlights; keyless entry and push-button engine start; automatic climate control air-conditioning; cruise control; leather seat trim; ventilated front seats; heated front and rear seats; panoramic glass sunroof; and heated exterior mirrors. Kia will confirm the complete model line-up, choice of gasoline and diesel powertrains, performance, economy, equipment specifications and prices early next year before it starts selling throughout Europe. [source: Kia]

Topics: kia, kia soul, facelift, iaa

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