The European version of the 2014 Kia Soul has just made its debut ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that will open its doors in September. Shown in European specification for the first time, the 2014 Kia Soul comes with a new design as well as an all-new interior with higher quality materials and more driver-focused design.
Set to go on sale in early 2014, the Kia Soul will be available with three different roof colors - black, white and red – and 11 exterior paint finishes. Still, the biggest change for 2014MY will be the adoption of a new platform, based on that used by the latest Kia cee’d. As a result, the 2014 Kia Soul will deliver improved handling and ride compared with the outgoing model. A new suspension was also installed and the body shell is 29 percent stiffer. Due to comprehensive soundproofing, the interior noise levels were reduced by approximately three decibels.
The new model is also larger as it feature a longer wheelbase and wider track, contributing to greater cabin space and cargo capacity. Leg, head and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while Kia increased the cargo area by 4 percent to 354 litres (plus additional underfloor storage) with the rear seats upright. Under the hood, we find the 1.3-liter GDi petrol or the CRDi diesel engines, mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model but feature improved efficiency with lower emissions. The 2014 Kia Soul will be available with new premium features such as: front LED daytime running lights and rear LED ‘halo’ lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry and push-button engine start, automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, panoramic glass sunroof and heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors. The Kia Souls what will be presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will exhibit the new SUV Styling Pack, which consists of piano black bumper trim, side skirts, wheel arches and a black painted roof. [source: Kia]