At the recent Geneva motor show, the Korean company Kia, along with other innovations, demonstrated the third generation of its quirky crossover Soul 2021 model year.
The history of the model
For the first time the car was introduced in late 2008 and immediately attracted attention with its unusual exterior. Initially experts even found it difficult to relate the model to the specific class. In the present period is the soul of the second generation, the last scheduled update in 2016. In addition to the original appearance, the car has such advantages as:
- spacious interior;
- good permeability;
The third generation Soul was introduced in late 2018, and in Geneva, the company Kia brought the all-electric version of the car.
Soul most closely approaches the description of the segment of mini-SUV and are therefore closest competitors is considered to be the following crossovers:
- Suzuki SX4;
- Hyundai Creta;
- Skoda Yeti;
- Ford EcoSport;
- The Mitsubishi ASX.
Developing a new image for Soul 2021, Kia designers have tried to retain a recognizable style model, but to make the new design more stylish and bright.
To perform this task succeeded with the help of the following decisions:
- narrower head optics with integrated led running lights lines;
- direct hood with a raised tab;
- front bumper with massive air intake grille;
- additional front units with built-in lighting equipment;
- straight line of the roof;
- extended large wheel arches;
- curly front tab;
- large side glass;
- vertical tailgate with a C-shaped narrow lights;
- plastic body kit;
- 18-inch disks;
- step rear bumper;
- double diffusers, exhaust equipment mounted on the panel.
The changes in appearance gave the car a modern look, while retaining the individual characteristics of crossover Soul.
In salon of the car designers, the company did not carry out significant changes, but through the use of point solutions made it more comfortable and interesting.
The most important improvements include:
- new multifunctional steering wheel with straight bottom section;
- deployed toward the driver a Central part of the front console with an integrated display;
- comfortable door armrests with controls for various systems of the machine;
- wide front armrest with stowage box;
- front seats with increased lateral support;
- changed vents HVAC equipment with improved air distribution.
In the interior used high-quality materials to enhance noise insulation options, and upholstery is made from innovative three-dimensional fabric. In addition, many elements of the cabin got a trim from a light metal.
Soul of the third generation received a new platform, K2, which has allowed to increase size. The new dimensions of the crossover leave:
The original Kia Soul 2021 model year will be equipped with power units with the following specifications:
The transmission crossover will get only front-wheel drive performance, and the KP it is possible to use 6-speed manual transmission, 7-speed automatic transmission or CVT.
Also, the new soul will be available with an all-electric engine producing 201 HP, which will provide:
- batteries 64 kW.CH.;
- liquid cooling system;
- modern combined charging system.
Electric series will be named the Soul EV.
To interesting structural solutions to the car include semi-dependent rear suspension, and the use of the device heavy-duty steel providing strength to the body and improved manageability.
From Soul 2021 significantly updated the list of used systems and equipment. Among the most interesting and important to note;
- led optics;
- automatic lighting;
- Keyless entry;
- engine start button;
- full power accessories including automatic folding side mirrors when setting station;
- multimedia system with a 10.25-inch monitor;
- on-Board computer;
- navigation equipment;
- all-round visibility;
- Parking sensors;
- system for tracking lanes, road signs, blind spots with automatic braking;
- head-up display (optional);
- panoramic sunroof (optional);
- component speakers 10 speakers;
- led interior lighting with variable color range;
- 2-zone automatic climate control;
- defroster steering wheel and all seats;
- wireless charging;
- the USB connectors;
- cruise control;
The final list of systems and equipment, as well as options of trim levels and available options, Kia will present before the start of serial production vehicles.
Price and start of sales
The original model of soul was created by Kia for the American market. Therefore, the first sale of the third-generation crossover will start in the USA in the spring of 2020.
In European countries beginning implementation of Kia Soul is scheduled for 2021 summer 2020, at an estimated price for the basic version, in of 17.70 million euros. In our country the official dealers of the Korean company, the novelty will go closer to winter 2020-2021 year.
See also the review of the petrol and electric versions of the Kia Soul 2021: