Kia keeps her soul young by unveiling the third generation of the hatchback at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The overall look remains familiar, but the builder makes a host of modifications that give the latest model. a futuristic impression.
The changes are immediately apparent at the front, where the Soul is gaining narrower headlights that now cover the entire nose of the model. To our nerd eye, the new element evokes the look of the wicked Cylons of Battlestar Galactica. Sharper ridges give the lower grille a more angular appearance that catches the eye more than the previous generation.
Depending on the model, the area between the lighthouse strip and the lower grille may have a different style. For example, the GT-Line variant (shown above) has three thin inputs. Conversely, the X – Line version has only one opening but larger fog lamps.
In profile, the new Soul is more elegant because of its more rounded nose, especially on the green EV model in this comparison. The other major change concerns the rear pillar: a new trim strip bears the name of the model and visually separates the roof area, which creates a floating effect.
There are now embossed panels around the wings that give the Soul's silhouette less slaby appearance. A large fold that extends between the doors also creates a more complex appearance.
The back is the most familiar place of the third generation of Soul, much like its predecessor. The most important revision is the vertically oriented taillights that now surround the entire rear window. At first glance, this seems rather strange, but depending on the area actually lit up the area, the layout could make the tail of the new Soul one of the most visible things on the road.
The GT-Line (pictured above) also has a sporty look in the back with a pair of rectangular pipes coming out from under the center of the bumper.
In the interior
The new Soul measures 55.9 millimeters more than the previous model, including a longer wheelbase of 1.2 inches (30.5 mm). Kia puts the extra goods to use in the loading area that can carry 141.6 liters (5 cubic feet) more. However, legroom does not offer a significant advantage as available space increases by only 5 cm (0.2 in.) At the front and decreases by 7.62 mm (0.3 in.) In second row. .
Kia also equips the Soul's upscale variants with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and buyers can also specify an 8-inch head-up display.
The third-generation Soul will go on sale in the United States in the first half of 2019. Buyers will be able to choose a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated, 147-horsepower (110-kilowatt) and 179-pound (179-pound) . , a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder of 201 hp (150 kW) and 264 Nm (195 lb-ft), or a fully electric version of 201 hp (150 kW).