Kia Soul Facelift: First Spy Shots

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Funky Kia Soul will receive a mid-cycle facelift for the 2023 model year.

Automotive spies have caught the very first prototype of the 2023 Kia Soul undergoing hot summer testing in South Korea.

A fully disguised prototype appears to have some rather heavy styling tweaks up-front.

The most notable design changes are the new headlights with updated LED daytime running lights, revised front bumper and upgraded Kia signature grille.

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

The Soul prototype here runs on a set of pretty small-sized tires, which makes us believe this is an entry level Soul trim. With the upcoming refresh, we expect Kia to also offer new alloy wheel designs for their boxy little crossover.

2023 Kia Soul spy shots

First 2023 Kia Soul spy shots released on to the web by Korean automobile media.
Kia Soul facelift spied testing in Korea. To be released in us as a 2023 model year.

Will there be a Kia Soul hybrid released for the 2023 model year?

Along with all upcoming styling upgrades, the 2023 model year may also bring us some mechanical tweaks and new powertrain options.

The long-awaited Kia Soul hybrid may finally be put on sale, borrowing the hybrid drivetrain from the Hyundai Kona hybrid. The two models already share the same platform, engines and transmissions, so why wouldn’t they also offer the same hybrid drivetrain?

How about the all-electric Soul? As you might have heard lately, the all-electric Soul will not be launched in US. It will remain available as an entry level Kia electric vehicle in Europe, but it is still unknown whether the battery-powered Soul will receive a refresh as well.

With all the upcoming rivals in the EV segment, the Korean carmaker should definitely give the 2023 Kia Soul EV a bit of a refreshing.

Kia Soul facelift release date

When is Kia going to release the Kia Soul facelift? There’s no official word yet on when we’ll see the refreshed 2023 Soul crossover, however some sources close to the automaker suggest we could see it making its official public premiere early next year. [Photo-source: Autopost]

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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