Spy shots: Kia Soul facelift

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Spy shots: Kia Soul crossover to receive a mid-cycle facelift, new six-speed automatic transmission and possibly, an upgraded 1.6L engine.

Spies have caught a heavily disguised Kia Soul crossover undergoing winter testing in Sweden. Though heavily disguised, these latest spy shots reveal us some styling changes made to the car’s front and rear-end.

Up-front, the facelifted Kia Soul will feature a set of redesigned headlights with LED daytime running lights ( now mandatory in Europe), revised front bumper and updated signature grille.

Furthermore, the Soul facelift will also receive a revised set of tail-lamps and slightly redesigned rear-bumper.

In addition to styling updates, the new Soul will receive some upgrades under its hood.

Confirmed for production is the all-new six-speed automatic transmission, which should improve the Soul’s mpg numbers.

Also rumored to appear in the new Soul is the upgraded 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Not much else is known about the possible powertrain updates.

When is Kia going to introduce the Soul facelift? There’s no official word yet on when we’ll see the updated Soul crossover, however some sources close to the automaker suggest we could see it making its official public premiere at the forth-coming 2011 New York Auto Show in April. [Source: driving-dutchman]

6 comments

  1. Greg says:

    I believe it will get the Elantra’s 1.8L and a 1.6L GDI Turbo. Just a thought.

  2. himi says:

    I doubt the 1.6L GDI Turbo will be available already with this generation Kia Soul. More likely, the Soul facelift will get a 140-hp 1.6L GDI which will also be in the new Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent.

  3. conwelpic says:

    I can see the 1.6L GDI going into it but with that engine with its increased hp, torque and fuel efficiency over the existing 1.6L, I wonder if they would really need the 2.0L, or maybe the 1.8L Nu would be even better option – speculation continues :-))
    I agree with himi, I don’t think the turbo will be the near future, maybe for 2013.

  4. QUÉBEC 231 says:

    Good Morning,
    from Québec city, Canada

    First, please, excuse my english, because I am a french-canadian citizen.

    Those things said, August 2009 I bought a KIA SOUL 2U 2010 with automatic transmission.

    Altough I am very satisfied with that car, I noticed that you wrote that the same car will have a 6 speed transmission for the 2012 model ?

    I hope it will be.

    Questions :

    # 1 – Are you sure of that ?

    # 2 – And if so, am I wright to think it will be again more economic ?

    # 3 – Do you know when it will be on sale in Canada ?

    Thanks and Regards
    ( Merci et salutations cordiales )

  5. conwelpic says:

    1. yes, the 6 spd was confirmed by Kia Buzz for the 2012 model
    2. definately will be more economical, thats the point of doing it, it worked for the Forte this year when it went to a six speed
    3. no. but I would suspect at the normal year change over Sept -Oct

  6. Attaboy says:

    all Hyundai/Kia in north america will have 6 speeds automatic tansmission available before the end of 2012!

    P.S. Je suis de Rimouski, Salut à tout les gars et les filles de Québec sur ce Forum!

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