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Kia Soul updated for 2012

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6th December, 2011

Kiaís breakthrough Soul has been refreshed and re-energised for 2012.

At the heart of the new model range is the all-new 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine from the Nu 'family' of 4-cylinder engines. The new Nu brings a sparkling 122 kW and 200 Nm to the table and takes to three the engine choices for the 2012 Kia Soul range.

The 2.0-litre Nu joins the existing 1.6-litre 4-cylinder Gamma petrol engine which benefits from the addition of dual CVVT for an additional 4 kW of power, now 95 kW and 157 Nm. The third engine in the range is the proven 1.6-litre CRDI diesel with 94 kW and 260 Nm.

Both the 1.6 petrol and diesel engines are available coupled to 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes replacing the 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatics from the superceded model. The 2.0 petrol engine comes standard with the 6-speed automatic.

Soul is available in two trim levels, the Soul with 1.6-litre MPi petrol engine, 15-inch steel wheels, 195/65 R15 rubber, six airbags, MDPS steering with rake and reach adjustable wheel, stability control with vehicle stability management and Hillstart Assist Control, 6-function trip computer, 6-speaker audio, seatbelt reminders, streaming Bluetooth and keyless entry with folding key.

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The Soul+ gains the 2.0-litre petrol engine or 1.6-diesel over the entry-level model as well as 18-inch alloys 225/45 R18 rubber, front fog lamps, luggage cover, roof rails and driverís seat height adjustment.

Externally the 2012 Kia Soul benefits from styling changes to the front and rear bumpers, a change to the look of the front grille, larger fog lights and a new design for the 18-inch alloys.

Pricing for the 1.6-litre petrol remains unchanged at $21,490* (manual) and $23,490* (automatic) despite the addition of the 6-speed gearboxes, telescopic steering and streaming Bluetooth.

The Nu 2.0-litre Soul+, at $26,990* adds $1,300 over the outgoing 1.6-litre model for the addition of the new engine, 6-speed automatic, 18-inch alloys and cruise control.

Diesel pricing has gone up by $800 for both manual and automatic (to $27,990* and $29,990* respectively) to reflect the new gearboxes, 18-inch alloys and additional trim features.


NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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