Frankfurt 2013: Kia Soul makes European reveal

Frankfurt 2013: Kia Soul makes European reveal image

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The new Soul was inspired by the Kia Track’ster concept

The 2014 Kia Soul debuted in Frankfurt on September 10. The new urban crossover inspired by the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept will go on sale by next year.

 While no design cues were carried over from the previous model, the recently launched Soul asserts its identity with its stance, boxy appearance, high-mounted taillights, and ride height. The resemblance between the Soul and Track’ster concept are evident with their lower front air intake, fog lights, and the Kia trademark grille.

The 2014 Soul is built on the new platform based on that of the latest Kia cee’d. The new body enjoys suspension upgrades to allow better driving dynamics, ride quality, and refinement. The new model is 4,140 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,610 mm tall. Its new dimension adjustments make the vehicle more practical.

Buyers can opt to choose between the 1.6 liter GDi gasoline and CRDi diesel engines to be paired with either the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic transmission. There will also be a new range of premium features including LED headlights, LED halo taillights, xenon lights, cruise control, and an optional Infinity sound system. Furthermore, Kia adds safety features to the car such as the Parallel Parking Assist System and a Lane Departure Warning System.