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2012 Kia Soul Debuts At Frankfurt Motor Show

Kia Soul

The Korean automaker Kia has brought to this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show a fresh new version of its funky Soul model that brings additional engine options, a higher specification, along with a more premium interior cabin.

Kia Soul

Clients will be able to order it with either a 1.6-liter engine that fires 140 hp and has a peak torque of 122 lb.-ft @ 4,850 or a CRDI diesel that churns 128 hp and 192 lb.-ft. In the vast majority of the European markets, the 2012 Kia Soul will be available with the new 6-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. Moreover, the company offers the optional EcoDynamics pack that includes a stop/start system and alternator management which promises to shave off the CO2 emissions to 139 g/km for the gasoline engine and 125 g/km for the diesel.

Kia Soul

As far as the design is concerned, the Soul will have a 15mm longer nose compared to the outgoing model, which makes the car 4120 mm long. It has larger fog lamps and a bigger front air intake, while the alloys measure 18 inches. Aside from these changes, the car gets redesigned side mirrors and updated door handles.

Kia Soul

At the back, the new Soul’s black-painted bumper inset panel has been extended while the fog lamps have been repositioned. As standard, it has twin-bulb headlamps that have black bezels along with twin-bulb daytime running lights. The more expensive models come with LED lights for both the front and back.

Kia Soul

The interior cabin now has a refreshed center console with circular-type LCD heater controls. Clients will be able to choose from a wider selection of interior fabrics while the higher-spec variants will benefit from a hi-def instrument cluster.

The car is scheduled to hit the market in October.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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