All-new 2020 Kia Soul walks that walk in Los Angeles


The cute boxy shape is back, but with more sharpness

Kia has officially unveiled the 2020 Soul at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018. Among the highlights: new 2-liter engine, more tech and new versions.

Kia’s new Soul is completely changed from the ground up. In the design department, Kia fitted the new 2020 Soul with slim DRLs, a larger front grille that gets the two-tone treatment, roof rack mounting points and sharper edges.


The new Soul stretches to a length of 165.2 in (2.2 in more than its predecessor), while width and height remain unchanged, at 70.9 in and 63 in, respectively. Wheelbase, however, has been increased by 1.2 in to 102.4 in.


Inside the cabin, Kia’s new Soul can be fitted with a 10.25-inch HD color touchscreen (standard for EX, GT-Line) that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, customers can specify an 8-inch head-up display, multi-connection Bluetooth and a 640-watt Harman Kardon audio system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer.


Under the hood, the new Kia Soul can be had with a 2-liter Nu four-cylinder engine (147 hp, 132 lb-ft) twinned with a six-speed manual or a CVT, but also a zippier engine in the form of a turbocharged unit displacing 1.6 liters (201 hp, 195 lb-ft) mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.


Three different styles are also available for the new Soul – GT-Line (sporty body bits, 18-inch alloys, leather steering wheel and glossy mirrors), X-Line (plastic cladding, off-road-like accents, 18-inch alloys, two-tone paint) and EX Designer Collection (black-spoked 18-inchers, LED headlights and fog lights, two-tone roof).

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