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New Kia Soul spied

New Kia Soul spied

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It seems a new Kia Soul is in the works. The very popular small car was something of an unlikely hit and has sold exceptionally well across the world, including here in Canada. Kia are now working on its successor and while we cannot see much, it still looks like it has soul.

The Kia Soul was launched back in 2009 and gave us a compact crossover with cute looks, compact dimensions and a whole lot of character. Small engines with lively performance, great gas mileage and a surprising amount of interior space all conspired to make the Kia Soul a hit. Will that be repeated in this new model?

New spy photos have appeared online of the new Soul. They don’t show much except the profile but it does certainly look like a Kia Soul. The dimensions are hard to work out thanks to the camouflage but it does look more substantial than the current model. It appears stockier and looks to have a taller front end and hood than the existing model.

The only other things we can see through the camouflage are the rear lights, which look to be on the vertical like the current model and the headlights which look different. The taller front end looks to have split the lights into two units on each side, presumably headlight in one and driving and other lights in the other.

Other than what you see in the image, we know very little about the new Kia Soul.

2018 Kia Soul
The 2018 Kia Soul is a great little car. Full of character and proof that a crossover doesn’t have to be big to be practical.

The design of the Kia Soul is both cute and not at the same time. The rounded front end and lighting gives it a friendly, approachable persona while the rear is more technical. The wedge shape of the roofline is different but works well with the rising beltline and tiny shutlines of each panel.

Inside, material quality is excellent and the cabin has been very carefully designed to be simple and effective, yet not spartan. It has lots of technology depending on what trim you select and you will be very comfortable in the front or rear seats.

Under that modest hood is one of three four cylinder engines. There is a 1.6-litre that produces 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-litre that produces 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.6-litre that produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. All use a mixture of six speed manual or automatic with a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission for the turbo.

All offer decent levels of power and driveability for the size, with the turbo being a favourite among buyers for the extra power. Even though the Soul is tall for its size, it doesn’t roll as much as you might think. A well-tuned suspension and chassis keeps things on the level and gives you confidence when driving.

Overall, the 2018 Kia Soul is a very popular car that deserves every sale it gets. We hope this new version keeps that going. Visit Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 to check out the 2018 Kia Soul.

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