Kia has announced the debut of its second-generation crossover Soul at the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show this month.
The company on Tuesday teased a few photos of the side profile of the car that suggests that the boxy shape of the current Soul will be retained. The headlights seem to be much slimmer than before with black A-pillar and a small strip on the c-pillar maintaining the outgoing model’s ‘floating’ effect roofline.
Several images of the cabin have also been revealed by the company which shows the vents and infotainment functions housed in a bubble-like shape on top of the dash. This infotainment system seems like a larger one in the new mode than the outgoing one.
The car was subjected to quite the speculation ahead of its unveil and many of the spy shots that had surfaced before this suggested a similar design retaining the current model’s distinctive vertical rear hatch treatment.
Kia has managed to retain the crossover’s signature side profile in spite of the new platform. The car now uses some of the same components, called the GB, as the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Stonic. This will let the Kia Soul house the latest generation of the firm’s engines including the 1.0-litre Kappa and 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engines, focussing on maximum penetration in markets such as the United States.
Kia says the car will offer “zero-emissions electric options”, which could mean different battery capacities – but in a bid to preserve the Niro’s status as Kia’s flagship electric car, UK Souls are expected to get a 39kWh battery instead of the larger 64kWh unit that the company has at its disposal.