Kia Soul for 2012
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The product that began Kia Motors’ design-led
transformation will soon be revised with a fresh and updated look, more power, and the same trendy
demeanour that consumers all around the world have come to enjoy from this front-wheel drive compact
cross-over. The globally successful Soul is fine-tuned for 2012 with a significant number of
technology and powertrain enhancements to deliver more power and improved fuel efficiency.
“After just two model years, we’ve given the 2012 Soul significant improvements in power,
style and fuel economy, making this iconic vehicle the perfect package for consumers looking for
something a little outside the box,” said Kia’s Michael Sprague. “The Soul has always stood
out from the crowd and is responsible for bringing new customers to the Kia brand and positioning
the company for a series of record-breaking successes. With gas (petrol) prices on the rise, this
refresh adds even more style and fun-to-drive performance, while also improving fuel economy by 10
More Power, Less Fuel
The 2012 Kia Soul will amplify the fun-to-drive factor with significant horsepower increases,
new six-speed transmissions. A new 1.6-litre GDI engine produces 100 kW (135 HP), an 11 per cent
increase from the previous engine. For buyers looking for a greater boost in power, a new 2.0 litre
four-cylinder engine is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic
transmission – advanced technology that is rare in this segment.
This engine, which produces 119 kW (160 HP), a 13 per cent increase from the previous engine,
and 194 Nm (143 pound-feet) of torque, is standard on the three Soul models.
Kia calculates that fuel economy for the 1.6-litre is an impressive 8.4-6.9 L/100 km, 10 per
cent more efficient than the previous engine, while the 2.0 litre offers a fuel-sipping 8.7-7.1
L/100 km for both the automatic and manual transmissions.
Kia Soul 3
Kia Soul 3
More Style and Refinement
In addition to the 2012 Soul’s performance upgrades, the new model also introduces a number of
significant design improvements. On the outside, Soul is freshened with new projector headlamps
with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned bonnet and new front and rear bumpers. New and
modern LED rear light clusters enhance the Soul’s unique design, while the overall shape of the
vehicle has been finessed to give Soul a smoother and more streamlined silhouette.
Spacious, State-of-the-Art Interior
Soul envelopes its passengers within a more high-tech, futuristic cabin for 2012, featuring a
generous blend of technologies at tremendous overall value. Passengers in the 2012 model will find
genuine comfort in the roomy cabin.
New for 2012, an Infinity premium audio system is available on Soul+ models and standard on Soul!
and Soul sport models for a more robust listening experience. Also new for 2012 is the UVO powered
by Microsoft® in-car hands-free communication and infotainment system. A Premium Package is also
available with heated front seats, leather seat trim, automatic climate control, and a navigation
system among its upscale comforts.
The new Kia Soul is expected in Australia during Q4 this year. And here's a secret ... an all-new
Kia Soul is expected in 2013.
NOTE: This story is based on the US version of the Kia Soul. Stay tuned to Next Car
for confirmation of local specifications in due course.