The Soul has been a strong seller, a brand ambassador, and a visual touchstone for Kia, but as the current model has actually continued, the numbers have actually 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 significant decrease than the industry-wide erosion of sales in the same period. We ‘d like to blame the lack of an au courant Hamstar Edition, but the reality is that the current Soul is aging– a procedure sped up by the arrival of lots of brand-new rivals in its section. As much as Kia would have you think that the brand-new Stinger sport tourer is its image leader, in the meantime, that title still belongs to the fun-signifying Soul. Making the next model much 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, uses a more standard take on the segment than the upright Soul, but we, like Hyundai-Kia, figure that will not matter much. With Scion and its xB having actually gone the way of the dodo, and Nissan’s Cube banished to some Picassofied unbalanced limbo, there are however two alternatives for those who jones for a Soul-like object: the Soul and the airier (within), more gelatinous (outdoors) Fiat 500L, and we’re sorry we raised the latter.
2019 Kia Soul Powertrain
Kia presently provides 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 good for 201 horse power, in addition to the electrical Soul EV. Given that Hyundai is prepping an electrical 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 provide a mechanical AWD system, the Soul could feature rear wheels driven by means of electrical motor. It might be much like exactly what Kia utilized in the Trail’ ster principle car it displayed in 2015, and would imply adding a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant to the range.
Hyundai’s Kona will arrive with your option of a 2.0-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4, and as such, we expect the Soul to hang onto its 2.0 and 1.6 turbo. Kia will want the base Soul to stay 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 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 discovered in the Soul Turbo. The schedule of a manual transmission on the next Soul is something of an open question, however we ‘d a minimum of anticipate it to be available on the 1.6.
2019 Kia Soul Estimated Arrival and Price
We prepare for that the 2019 Kia Soul will make its launching at the Los Angeles auto show late this year and go on sale not long after. We do not expect the Soul’s base cost to move much at all. The current car starts at $17,095.