2013 New York Auto ShowJust 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.
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.