[Spy shots] Kia Soul 2019 caught running winter tests

Updated Nov 24, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The Kia Soul 2019 model may come equipped with a completely new platform.

Back in 2016, the Kia Soul finally got its last update at the end of the year. Currently, some spy photos reveal that the Kia Soul 2019 model is planned to come with a fresh platform which is now available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Kia Soul 2019 spy shot front view

Some spy photos reveal that the Kia Soul 2019 model is planned to come with a fresh platform 

Accurate detailed information is hard to determine at the moment, although it is expected to retain the engine lineup including diesel and turbocharged petrol engines. This is expected to include the 1.6 L 201 hp T-GDI powertrain which was launched in the range of the Kia Soul last year, mated to a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.  

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The Kia Soul 2019 is expected to include the 1.6 L 201 hp T-GDI powertrain

The change to the new platform is also hoped to improve the Kia Soul 2019’s ability to accommodate electrification, and thus create a battery-life benefit for the next-gen iterations of the Kia Soul EV.

If the providing of AWD for the Kia Soul does actualize, there may be a new Soul with a more rugged jacket like the Trail'ster’s. This concept was actually based on the Soul, incorporating electrification and all-wheel-drive with the AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor from a lithium-ion polymer battery mounted on the floor.

Kia Soul 2019 spy shot angular rear

The change to the new platform is also hoped to improve the Kia Soul 2019’s ability to accommodate electrification

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Kia Soul

<p>The Kia Soul is known for its distinct, boxy look that makes it easily stand out among its competitors in the subcompact crossover segment. It has always represented the fun side of the Korean brand while still showcasing the performance quality and engineering it has become known for. With the release of a refreshed model, it takes its quirkiness and iconic design language merged with sleeker aesthetic modifications to modernize the look. Locally, there are three variants offered which are the top-spec GL VGT CRDi DCT, the SL VGT CRDi DCT, and the base SL VGT CRDi MT. It is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and can be had in either manual or automatic transmission.</p>

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