Kia Introduces 2020 Soul at 2018 LA Auto Show
The all-new 2020 Kia Soul is officially on display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the distinctly styled, popular, and award-winning subcompact features new powertrains, an enhanced design, inside and out, and new trim levels.
“The Soul has been a massive success since its introduction to the U.S. market, blowing its (now defunct) rivals out of the water and establishing itself as an automotive icon with its fun-loving character and eccentric style,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director of Car Planning and Telematics. “Even with an entirely new generation of competitors now crowding the marketplace, we are confident the all-new Soul will once again prove to be a tough contender given its unparalleled style and impressive level of invigorating technology and customization options.”
The 2020 Soul features a choice of six trims: LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and EX Designer Collection. The 2020 model also includes an EV option.
The 2020 model, which boasts a slightly longer frame than its previous generations, still features the boxy silhouette and vertical window synonymous with the Soul, but it sports exterior enhancements such as a two-tone larger front grille, roof rack mounting points, airplane-inspired C-pillars, and volume-adding front fenders.
To accentuate the Soul’s music-centric essence, the cabin’s design features available sound mood lighting, which displays a 3D pattern on the upper door panels and soft light from the door panels’ center to match your choice of mood — Party Time, Café, Hey! Yo!, Traveling, Midnight City, and Romance. A colorful selection of hues makes customizing the sound mood lighting possible. Wireless charging and dual auto climate control are available features.
Standard on the EX and GT-Line with turbo engine, the 2020 Soul boasts an available 10.25-inch HD color split-screen functioning touch-screen. Allowing the connection of two Bluetooth® devices at once is the Bluetooth® Multi-Connection technology, and the available 640-watt Harman Kardon audio system features 10 speakers and amplifier. The wattage power of the available system doubles what the Soul currently offers.
Keeping in line with Kia’s focus on safety, the 2020 Soul offers a bevy of available driver assist technologies under the umbrella of Kia Drive Wise. Helping to keep you in your lane are Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Changing Assist. Alerting you to potential dangers around you are technologies such as Forward Collision Avoidance/FCA Pedestrian type, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Cross Collision Warning, and Blind-spot Collision Warning. High Beam Assist and Smart Cruise Control are also available in the suite of driver assist systems.
The 2020 Soul features a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or for the first time, to the Kia Forte’s Intelligent Variable Transmission. A 201 horsepower-rated 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged I-4 GDI engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for 195 lb-ft of torque is available in the 2020 Soul for drivers eager for more power.
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