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Kia reboots the Soul

Posted on: March 24, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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Kia’s second-generation Soul is an all-new model that introduces a smooth new-look exterior inspired by the 2012 Kia Trackster concept, creating a thoroughly fresh, more grown-up appearance without losing its appealing character and individualistic edge. Beneath the new panels, there’s a new platform which is based on Kia’s Cerato with a significantly stronger bodyshell and upgraded suspension to improve driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The original Soul generated loyalty among owners and both existing and new buyers for the latest model will appreciate the latest car’s significantly quieter cabin, higher quality materials, increased space for people and cargo, plus the new range of premium features.

“While Soul has not been a volume model for Kia in Australia, the car has won a loyal following through its individual styling, practical use of space and all-round ease and satisfaction of ownership,” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow. “With the arrival of the all-new model, with its improvements and refinements across the board, I believe the Soul will continue to be a benchmark model for new car buyers shopping with their head as well as their heart.

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Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Vice-President of Overseas Marketing said: “The Kia Soul has become one of our brand’s most popular export models, attracting loyal customers from a wide range of backgrounds across many countries – so it was important that the all-new model remained true to the original iconic design. The Soul already has great emotional appeal, so our main focus with the 2015 model was infusing it with improved driving dynamics, developing a higher quality cabin and adding desirable features to highlight the new Soul’s fresh sophistication.”

For Australia, the Soul will be powered by the 113kW 2.0-litre Nu MPI petrol engine with peak torque of 191Nm at 4700rpm. The powerplant will drive through a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode.

Buyers of automatic new Souls can switch between two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’ engaged by moving the lever towards the driver when in D mode. For city driving, fully automatic mode is ideal, while ‘Sport’ mode allows clutchless manual gear changes for greater driver involvement.

Pricing is being quoted at around $24,000 for the manual and $26,000 for the automatic.

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