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News / 12-03-18

2020 Kia Soul revealed in LA Motor Show

2020 Kia Soul retains its iconic shape, but loaded with tech features


By Mavelle Durian

 

After teasing the virtual world with silhouette photos and parts of the vehicle, Kia Motors finally revealed the all-new 2020 Soul at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show. The Kia Soul now has new GT-Line and X-Line variants.

Even though the Kia Soul retained its boxy design, it has newly sculpted lines, cutting-edge details, and technical lighting elements that present futuristic, youthful, and innovative year model yet.

The exterior design includes high-tech front headlight configuration with connecting trim piece accentuates width, slim design daytime running lights and turn signal indicators, larger front grille with unique two-tone treatment, front fenders, three-dimensional wraparound boomerang-shaped taillights, signature vertical rear window, and C-pillar with “Soul” emblem.

Good news for audiophiles! The designers and engineers of the third generation of Soul worked on the “emotional visualization of sound” making the interior space adorned with shapes and textures that reflect acoustic inspired elements to create a full sensory experience.

The cabin design includes sound mood lighting, a unique 3D pattern surface on the upper door panels that can synchronize to the beat of the music playing on the Soul’s audio system, a rainbow of customized sound mood lighting, wireless charging, dual auto climate control, and Soul’s signature tweeter speakers.

Additional features of the cabin include 10.25-inch HD color touchscreen with split screen function, rearview monitor, and parking guidance, Bluetooth connectivity that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-inch head-up display, Harman Kardon audio system with an amplifier and 10 speakers.

Under the hood, the 2020 Kia Soul is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) that was derived from the 2019 Forte, producing a power of 147 bhp and 132 lb-ft of torque. It is also available in a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged I-4 GDI engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, capable of producing 201 bhp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Safety features include forward collision avoidance (FCA), lane keeping assist, lane changing assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross collision warning, smart cruise control, and high beam assist.