Kia has released the first image of the version of its quirky new Soul crossover ahead of its reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

The picture gives very little clues away, but shows the next Soul will retain the distinctive boxy design of the original, which first went on sale in 2009.

The Soul will be offered with a range of turbocharged petrol engines, as well as an all-electric model, just like the previous generation.

Since 2009, the Soul has stood as the boldest model in Kia’s range, although it hasn’t been as big a hit in the UK as in other parts of the world.

The Soul was Kia’s first crossover, which reached showrooms ahead of models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur in the lucrative small crossover market. Kia has since expanded its mini-SUV line-up with the Stonic and Niro.

An all-electric version was launched in 2013, which offered buyers a funky alternative to petrol and diesel powertrains.

With Kia’s recent push towards electrification, the EV version of the all-new Soul will likely be the main attraction in the line-up.

Further details will be revealed once the car is officially unveiled at the end of the month, with UK prices and specs expected to be announced next year, before sales commence in the middle of 2019.

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Ted Welford


November 15, 2018