The Soul has been a strong seller, a brand name ambassador, and a visual touchstone for Kia, however as the present model has actually carried on, the numbers have dipped. In 2016, the company moved 145,000 of the softly geometric runabouts, a number that reduced by 30,000 for the ’17 model year in a more dramatic decline than the industry-wide disintegration of sales in the very same duration. We ‘d like to blame the lack of an au courant Hamstar Edition, however the truth is that the present Soul is aging– a process accelerated by the arrival of lots of new rivals in its section. As much as Kia would have you think that the new Stinger sport tourer is its image leader, in the meantime, that title still comes from the fun-signifying Soul. Making the next model even more enticing to consumers is vital.
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, offers a more standard take on the sector than the upright Soul, but we, like Hyundai-Kia, figure that won’t matter much. With Scion and its xB having gone the way of the dodo, and Nissan’s Cube eliminated to some Picassofied asymmetrical limbo, there are however two alternatives for those who jones for a Soul-like item: the Soul and the airier (inside), more gelatinous (outdoors) Fiat 500L, and we’re sorry we brought up the latter.
2019 Kia Soul Powertrain
Kia presently offers a naturally aspirated 130-hp 1.6-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter four pumping out 161 horsepower, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four helpful for 201 horse power, along with the electrical Soul EV. Considered that Hyundai is prepping an electric version of the Kona, the Soul EV’s ongoing presence is practically guaranteed. The internal-combustion powertrains are where things get intriguing. Sources recommend that, while the Kona/Stonic will use a mechanical AWD system, the Soul could feature rear wheels driven by means of electric motor. It might be much like exactly what Kia employed in the Trail’ ster concept car it showed in 2015, and would suggest 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 four, and as such, we anticipate the Soul to hang onto its 2.0 and 1.6 turbo. Kia will desire the base Soul to remain competitively priced, which likely requires the retention of the naturally aspirated 1.6 at the bottom of the line. We would not be amazed to see the six-speed automatic continue its pairing with the naturally aspirated engines, while the 1.6 turbo is a lock for the dual-clutch system that is presently found in the Soul Turbo. The accessibility of a manual transmission on the next Soul is something of an open concern, but we ‘d at least expect it to be available on the 1.6.
2019 Kia Soul Estimated Arrival and Price
We expect that the 2019 Kia Soul will make its debut at the Los Angeles auto show late this year and go on sale soon after. We do not expect the Soul’s base cost to move much at all. The current car starts at $17,095.