The Soul has actually been a strong seller, a brand ambassador, and a visual example for Kia, but as the present model has actually carried on, 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 decline than the industry-wide erosion of sales in the very same period. We ‘d like to blame the absence of an au courant Hamstar Edition, however the reality is that the current Soul is aging– a process accelerated by the arrival of numerous new rivals in its sector. As much as Kia would have you believe that the new Stinger sport tourer is its image leader, for now, that title still comes from the fun-signifying Soul. Making the next model much more enticing to clients is paramount.
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, provides a more standard take on the section than the upright Soul, but we, like Hyundai-Kia, figure that won’t matter much. With Scion and its xB having gone the way of the dodo, and Nissan’s Cube eradicated to some Picassofied asymmetrical limbo, there are however two choices for those who jones for a Soul-like object: the Soul and the airier (inside), more gelatinous (outside) 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 4 pumping out 161 horsepower, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four helpful for 201 horse power, in addition to the electric Soul EV. Considered that Hyundai is prepping an electric version of the Kona, the Soul EV’s continued existence is practically guaranteed. The internal-combustion powertrains are where things get fascinating. Sources recommend that, while the Kona/Stonic will provide a mechanical AWD system, the Soul might feature rear wheels driven via electric motor. It could be much like what Kia utilized in the Trail’ ster principle car it showed in 2015, and would suggest including a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version to the range.
Hyundai’s Kona will show up with your choice of a 2.0-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4, and as such, we anticipate the Soul to hang onto its 2.0 and 1.6 turbo. Kia will desire 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 wouldn’t be shocked to see the six-speed automatic 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 accessibility of a manual transmission on the next Soul is something of an open concern, however we ‘d at least anticipate it to be offered 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 right after. We do not anticipate the Soul’s base price to move much at all. The present car begins at $17,095.