2014 Kia Soul Inspired by Track'ster Concept

2013 New York Auto Show


  • 2014 Kia Soul Picture

    2014 Kia Soul Picture

    The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show. | March 27, 2013

2013 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul, which takes its cues from the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept, made its global debut on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
  • The 2014 Soul rides on a chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider.
  • The new Soul will go on sale in the third quarter.

NEW YORK — The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul, which takes its cues from the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept, made its global debut on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The 2014 Kia Soul rides on a chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider. It also gets suspension upgrades.

The new Soul will go on sale in the third quarter. Pricing will be announced closer to launch date. The 2013 Kia Soul starts at $15,175, including a $775 destination charge.

Kia said it was aiming to give the redesigned Soul more of a "bulldog" look, along the lines of the Track'ster.

"We've kept the essence of Soul while infusing it with more presence inside and out," said Tom Kearns, Kia's chief designer at its California studio, in a statement.

Track'ster similarities include a large trapezoidal lower air intake and the location of optional foglights. The 2014 Soul gets a "floating" body color panel inset into the liftgate, another idea borrowed from the Track'ster.

Kia said that while final color names have yet to be set, the 2014 Soul will be available in seven new exterior colors, including Solar Yellow and Inferno Red.

The cabin gets soft-touch materials, optional leather seating and lots of circular design elements, including a triple-circle instrument cluster.

Kia says the Soul's cabin is quieter and that overall cargo capacity is increased.

The base 2014 Soul will get standard power accessories, a telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system. Optional is a new Flex Steer system, which allows the driver to choose from three steering settings: comfort, normal and sport.

The 2014 Soul gets carryover engines. They are a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The 2014 Kia Soul competes with the Nissan Cube, Scion xB and Scion xD.

Edmunds says: If you liked the look of the Kia Track'ster concept, you're going to like what they've done to the 2014 Kia Soul.

Comments

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Just reviewed the Trackster. This new Soul owes nothing to it whatsoever. It's just the same Soul with a revised face. What I call a tip-n-tail job. Why pretend its more than it is?

  • Seems like a decent vehicle but I don't understand why they're offering fewer colors this time around, and the colors that they've taken away are the good ones. No more titanium (essentially a pewter gray), and that's the best color. No more dark moss green. I don't like the fire-engine red, I hate the yellow, I don't like the white, I don't like their alien green. I live in a hot climate, so black doesn't seem like a good plan. That leaves silver and midnight blue. Their color selection went from OK to below-average.

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