The Soul has been a strong seller, a brand name ambassador, and a visual touchstone for Kia, however as the existing model has carried on, the numbers have actually dipped. In 2016, the company moved 145,000 of the softly geometric runabouts, a number that decreased by 30,000 for the ’17 model year in a more significant decline than the industry-wide erosion of sales in the same duration. We ‘d like to blame the lack of an au courant Hamstar Edition, but the reality is that the present Soul is aging– a process sped up by the arrival of lots of new competitors in its section. As much as Kia would have you think that the new Stinger sport tourer is its image leader, for now, that title still comes from the fun-signifying Soul. Making the next model much more attractive to customers is paramount.
2019 Kia Soul Platform
The 2019 Kia Soul will share a platform with the soon-to-arrive Hyundai Kona and the Kia Stonic. The latter, like other B-segment utelets, provides a more standard take on the sector than the upright Soul, however we, like Hyundai-Kia, figure that will not matter much. With Scion and its xB having actually gone the way of the dodo, and Nissan’s Cube got rid of to some Picassofied asymmetrical limbo, there are but 2 choices for those who jones for a Soul-like item: the Soul and the airier (inside), more gelatinous (outside) Fiat 500L, and we’re sorry we raised the latter.
2019 Kia Soul Powertrain
Kia currently provides a naturally aspirated 130-hp 1.6-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter four draining 161 horse power, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four helpful for 201 horsepower, as well as the electric Soul EV. Considered that Hyundai is prepping an electrical variation of the Kona, the Soul EV’s continued presence is practically ensured. The internal-combustion powertrains are where things get fascinating. Sources suggest that, while the Kona/Stonic will provide a mechanical AWD system, the Soul could feature rear wheels driven through electrical motor. It might be much like what Kia utilized in the Trail’ ster idea car it showed in 2015, and would indicate adding a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version to the range.
Hyundai’s Kona will arrive with your option of a 2.0-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4, and as such, we anticipate the Soul to hang onto its 2.0 and 1.6 turbo. Kia will desire the base Soul to stay competitively priced, which likely demands the retention of the naturally aspirated 1.6 at the bottom of the line. We would not be shocked to see the six-speed automated continue its pairing with the naturally aspirated engines, while the 1.6 turbo is a lock for the dual-clutch unit that is presently discovered in the Soul Turbo. The availability of a manual transmission on the next Soul is something of an open question, however we ‘d a minimum of anticipate it to be offered on the 1.6.
2019 Kia Soul Estimated Arrival and Price
We anticipate that the 2019 Kia Soul will make its debut at the Los Angeles auto show late this year and go on sale not long after. We don’t expect the Soul’s base cost to move much at all. The present car begins at $17,095.