The 2018 Kia Soul is expected to be significantly improved compared to the current model. The current generation of the vehicle has been significantly redesigned recently, and the vehicle will receive only minor and subtle refreshments for the 2018 model. However, those refreshments will significantly improve the quality of the vehicle. The vehicle will be more pleasing to the eye but it will also be more powerful in terms of engine. It will keep all of the good features of its predecessor and add new ones for even greater driving feel. If you want to find out more about this interesting vehicle, continue reading.
The Kia Soul represents a compact vehicle originally launched in 2008. We have seen two generations of the model so far. The second generation of the vehicle arrived in 2014 and according to the number of sales, it was really successful. The vehicle was praised for its outstanding functionality and unusual design. The 2018 Kia Soul features an unconventional exterior design and a vivid personality. It is a perfect vehicle for those who love to experiment and try out new things. The new model will keep the boxy shape of the previous generation but it will feature a redesigned “tiger nose” grille and a new bumper. The taillights and fog lights will also be revamped. The company hasn’t revealed official information so we have to rely on speculations and rumors, but where’s smoke, there’s fire. The vehicle is 163.0 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 63.0 inches tall.
The interior of the vehicle will also be improved and enhanced. Therefore, the customers will be offered high-end materials for the surfaces and a great number of technological features. Some of the features inside of the cabin are: 4.3 inch color touchscreen, rear camera display, SiriusXM satellite radio, etc. The Designer Collection will be offered with 18 inch alloy wheels, and a steering wheel and gearshift knob wrapped in leather, while the Exclaim trim level gets leather seats as standard.
The 2018 Kia Soul will be offered with three engine options. The base engine will be a 1.6L I-4 DOHC capable of producing 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option is a 2.0L I-4 DOHC that is good for 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The base engine can be coupled to either six-speed automatic or 6-speed manual shifter, while higher trim levels can get a 6-speed automatic gearbox only. Fuel economy of both engines is estimated at 27 mpg. Besides these two engine options, there will also be a AC syncronous permanent magnet electric motor which makes 109 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Kia Soul Price and Release Date
The price of the Kia Soul won’t be significantly changed. Namely, the base model will be priced around
$18,690 (according to Top Speed) which means that the Kia Soul will remain the most affordable small vehicle on the market. Higher trim levels will be affordable too. The car is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2017.
Competitors: Honda HRV
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March 8, 2017