The all-new 2014 Kia Soul was unveiled today at the New York Auto Show! Inspired by the hot Track’ster Concept unveiled last year at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2014 Soul rides on a new chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider. Overall width that’s broadened to 1,800mm (increased by 15mm) and the same overall height of 1,610mm.
The 2014 Soul offers premium touches such as high-mounted LED front positioning lights and rear LED halo lights. External Track’ster similarities are easy to spot, as the 2014 Soul features a larger trapezoidal lower air intake, a reworked version of Kia’s signature grille and a unique “floating” body colour panel inset into the boot. Subtle enhancements include a wider (by 61mm over the previous Soul) opening for the boot, allowing Soul to carry more.
While final colour names have yet to be determined, the 2014 Soul will be available in seven new exterior hues, including the two seen on stage in New York: Solar Yellow and Inferno Red. European specification choices will be announced later.
The interior follows the same circular theme found inside Track’ster and as a result, the front and centre is the triple-circle instrument cluster with deeply recessed gauges, while the door panels sculpted circles incorporate the power windows and door locks. The centre console features a round gear-shift knob and push-button start – its location exclusive to Soul in the Kia line-up – which also are direct carryovers from Track’ster.
Most prominent in the new instrument panel is the, available on certain versions, eight-inch touch screen – the largest ever offered on Soul – which houses Kia’s second-generation telematics and infotainment system, UVO eServices, combined with Kia’s first use of the Android-based operating platform. Under the hood there is a 1.6-liter engine delivering 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is offered as standard on Base Soul model. The Plus and Exclaim model get the more powerful 2.0-liter Nu power plant delivering 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6-litre engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or, optionally, to a six-speed automatic. The Plus model may be equipped with either transmission while the Exclaim is available exclusively with the six-speed automatic.