The Soul has been a strong seller, a brand ambassador, and an aesthetic example for Kia, however as the existing model has actually continued, 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 remarkable decrease than the industry-wide erosion of sales in the exact same period. We ‘d like to blame the lack of an au courant Hamstar Edition, but the truth is that the current Soul is aging– a procedure sped up by the arrival of numerous new competitors in its segment. As much as Kia would have you believe that the new Stinger sport tourer is its image leader, for now, that title still belongs to the fun-signifying Soul. Making the next model much more appealing to customers is critical.
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 segment than the upright Soul, but we, like Hyundai-Kia, figure that won’t matter much. With Scion and its xB having actually gone the method of the dodo, and Nissan’s Cube banished to some Picassofied asymmetrical limbo, there are however 2 alternatives for those who jones for a Soul-like object: 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 currently uses a naturally aspirated 130-hp 1.6-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter 4 draining 161 horsepower, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four good for 201 horse power, in addition to the electric Soul EV. Considered that Hyundai is prepping an electric variation of the Kona, the Soul EV’s continued presence is essentially ensured. The internal-combustion powertrains are where things get fascinating. Sources recommend that, while the Kona/Stonic will offer a mechanical AWD system, the Soul might feature rear wheels driven by means of electric motor. It might be just like what Kia utilized in the Trail’ ster idea car it displayed in 2015, and would mean adding a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variation to the range.
Hyundai’s Kona will get here with your option of a 2.0-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four, and as such, we expect the Soul to hang onto its 2.0 and 1.6 turbo. Kia will desire the base Soul to remain competitively priced, which likely necessitates the retention of the naturally aspirated 1.6 at the bottom of the line. We wouldn’t 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 currently found 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 expect it to be available 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 right after. We do not anticipate the Soul’s base cost to move much at all. The current car starts at $17,095.