Longer, wider and more refined, the new Kia Soul urban crossover has bowed at the New York Auto Show.
Kia has unveiled the all-new 2014 Soul at the New York Auto Show, with the new-gen box-on-wheels arriving 15 mm wider and with a 20 mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. As a result there's more cabin space, and with height maintained the overall feel of the car is less top-heavy. A 60 mm wider opening for the lift gate will make loading and unloading a bit easier, while seven new exterior colors, including Inferno Red and Solar Yellow, give buyers more customization options. Styling was influenced by last year's Track'ster Concept, especially in the heavily revised cabin.
The chassis is 29% stiffer, with 66% of the shell made of high-strength steel, making for a safer and more rigid ride. A reworked suspension with a McPherson strut front and torsion bar rear improves steering, with optional Flex Steer adding three driving modes of Comfort, Normal and Sport. Kia offers three trim levels: Base Soul, Soul Plus, and Soul Exclaim. The Base comes with a 1.6-liter GDI rated at 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque, while the top-level trims are powered by a 2.0-liter GDI with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft. Base and Plus are linked with a six-speed manual or optional 6-speed auto, and the Exclaim is exclusively automatic.
The Base Soul comes with power windows, door locks, and heated mirrors, a telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and six-speaker sound system with optional keyless entry, 16-inch alloys and cruise control. The Plus adds rear camera display, auto headlights, 17-inch alloys, a floor console stowage box with optional sat-nav, panoramic sunroof, an Infinity sound system, string-LED front speakers, and leather trim. And the Soul Exclaim comes with 18-inch alloys, fog lights, projector headlights, front LED positioning and rear LED "halo" lights and cooled glove box with options including HID headlights, push button start, and Supervision Cluster LCD screen.