The most recent 2018 Kia Soul is the second generation of this model, and as we know it was introduced back in 2014. The refreshed model is still the second generation, but it will receive a lot of redesigns and modifications. So, in order to stay strong competitor, we can expect the facelift of the current generation, and that is very good news for all the potential customers. We have some spy photos from the testing, and we will try to present you the appearance of this model as best as we can.
2018 Kia Soul Redesign
As we already wrote, new Kia Soul 2018 will receive a partial facelift and it will be the most attractive Soul so far. From the last testing, although the vehicle was heavily camouflaged, we noticed some redesigned parts. The most likely change on the front side will be the fog lights. More precisely, the fog lights will definitely sit a little bit higher as well as a bit more to the outside compared to the current model. Also, we can expect the updated LED system for all the lighting on the vehicle.
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According to pictures, we think that the grille will have a horizontal split in the middle, and of course, if that is true then the grille also has a different shape. Furthermore, there should be minor tweaks in overall shape, but from the pictures that are not notable. What we can notice from the pictures is that the front wheel arches will be toned down. If we look at the rear side, we can certainly expect some changes here, but it is well covered.
Kia Soul 2018 Interior design
The 2018 Soul interior design is probably the biggest mystery. However, we assume that the cabin will be most likely pretty much the same as in the current model. That means that we can anticipate the same center stack and dashboard, as well as the same instrumental cluster with the 4.3-inch TFT display.
Also, the infotainment system should be exactly the same as in the current model, but if you ask us, we think that the Company will prepare some updates here. Just like in the current model, some of the available standard interior features will include dual zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, excellent audio, a lot of connectivity options, so many safety features, leather upholstery for the seats, and many others as well.
Engine and Performance
As we know, the current Soul model has three different trim levels. The base trim has a 1.6-liter engine with the capability of generating up to 120 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The mid and range-topping trims have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the capability of delivering up to 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The base engine will be mated to the six-speed manual transmission system while the second engine will be paired with the six-speed automatic transmission.
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According to rumors, because of the whole new design from the outside, we can anticipate the introduction of the newly engine. We can expect the engine probably with the same displacement of 2.0 liter, but with a bit more power, as well as with better fuel consumption. As soon as they announce some details about this segment, we will let you know.
Price and Release date
The release date of the 2018 Kia Soul will be most likely by the end of this year. Some rumors also suggest the beginning of 2018 for its arrival. When it comes to prices, this model will have a starting price of around $15.500.
2018 Kia Soul spy shots