Kia has given its soulful little Soul a new look. Well, we say ‘new’ but it isn’t really – it is just a minor facelift for the 2017 model.
The subcompact crossover, which had been spotted testing last month in the Death Valley, gets revised front and rear bumpers, new HID headlights with different LED daytime running lights. Around the back, the boxy model features LED taillight graphics with a new look and it rides on a fresh set of 18in alloy wheels. There is also an optional Style Up package to help give it more presence which includes a red strip in the front and rear bumpers, a white roof, bigger wheels and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The mid-cycle facelift retains all of the fresh and funky style that made it so popular in the first place, but the revisions should go down pretty well – even if the cabin is largely the same as before; all it’ll get is a new two-tone finish and an upgraded infotainment/multimedia system.
It will be making its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show in November and aside from the reworked front and rear ends, it will also boast an improved six-speed automatic transmission. That isn’t all; the suspension and steering has been tweaked too. What’s more, three drive modes will be selectable via a button on the steering (drivers will be able to choose from Sport, Normal, and Eco) and on the safety front, it’ll have rollover sensing curtain airbags. As for engines, the 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-pots will be carried over.