Thursday, February 01, 2018

2019 Kia Soul


As you can see, the all new Soul design will stay pretty close to the current car. (Yellow one)
Which is great. Pretty much what Mini has been doing so far.

The Soul is a great design, and is a popular model for Kia. (about 146 000 sold in 2016)
Quite amazing they have been able to do what Toyota couldn't with the Scion xB.
Kia knows they have a good thing done right. And they are not messing with it.

The proportions do seem slightly sportier on the new one. It looks like it is getting these small LED lights above the headlights. Like the previous Cherokee, and many Citroen models.
I do like it. But I know most people actually don't (many just hated it on the Cherokee)

I think it will be more accepted on a small funky car like the Soul.

I would also expect the EV version to have a much longer range. Something of at least 150 miles, to better compete with the new Nissan Leaf.

Head over HERE for more pictures of that prototype driving in the snow.


3 comments:

FusioptimaSX said...

Hey Vince, the Yellow model you have pictured isn't the current as it had a slight refresh for the 2017 model year. They actually made the grill and the bumpers more in line with the EV version for a MUCH cleaner look. I cringe whenever I see the 2014-16 models as cleaning bugs out of the grill must be a nightmare! I also wasn't a fan of the way the fog lights and rear reflectors were molded into the bumpers.That strange trapezoid shape reminds of an angry toddler with clenched fists with arm straight down on it's sides.

Front (Soul +): https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3JAbIMN9VmE/maxresdefault.jpg

Rear (Soul !): https://icdn-9.motor1.com/images/mgl/AVK8P/s1/2017-kia-soul-review.jpg

EV Front: https://images.hgmsites.net/hug/2016-kia-soul-ev_100518499_h.jpg

EV Rear: https://s.aolcdn.com/dims-global/dims3/GLOB/legacy_thumbnail/788x525/quality/85/https://s.aolcdn.com/commerce/autodata/images/USC60KIC171C021002.jpg

tony said...

i have a hunch Kia will give the Soul a front end treatment similar to the kia stinger. Pretty sure that will be the kia corporate face on every vehicle for awhile...which i say is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

The next gen needs an AWD option. This would make it a proper (and probably better looking) competitor to the Jeep Renegade (at least on road).