Kia Soul front

Kia Soul is the new compact SUV that will be launching in India. Kia is currently setting up its operations in India and plans to bring some of its best sellers here. the vehicle has been spotted on test in India too. The Soul is the Korean auto maker’s best seller across the world. The test car was spotted in West Bengal and it had WB temporary certificate plates too. Kia has its plant set up in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh. The plant has an annual production capacity of 300,000 units. The Soul is likely to be one of the products to be initially introduced.

Kia Soul Launch Date in India

Kia plans to introduce its cars in India by 2019. The Soul might be launched by mid or late 2019. Its a bit to early to give an exact date, but this seems a likely period for the Kia Soul to come in. The compact SUV segment is growing fast and Kia will want to attack this segment first. Kia will get support from Hyundai and this will help it establish in the market.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul Price

On-road Price

Minimum

₹7.5 lakhs

Maximum

₹12 lakhs

The Kia Soul will be priced around the Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Both these will be the direct competing SUVs. The price will be between ₹ 7.5 lakhs to 12 lakhs (on-road). It will offer many premium features.

Also Read: Hyundai Carlino Price and Launch Date

Kia Soul front

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Specifications

Petrol

Diesel

Engine

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

Power

85bhp

100bhp

Torque

115Nm

220Nm

Transmission

6-speed M / AT

6-speed M

A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel engine will do duty on the Kia Soul. The engines will have good performance and this SUV will be light in weight as well. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine will have an automatic option as well.Those looking for an automatic , will have another option in this segment. As of now only the Ford Ecosport offers an automatic variant in the segment. This will be the same engines and the chassis that shall be shared with the Hyundai Carlino. Hyundai and Kia shall be doing a lot of parts sharing and this will mean that both the companies will be working towards increasing their sales in India.

Also Read: Maruti Vitara Brezza coming with AMT soon

Kia Soul rear

Kia Soul Design

The Kia Soul is a stylish looking vehicle. It comes with a trendy look that is bound to attract youngsters. The window lines remind you of the Maruti Swift. It is a fresh design and very contemporary too. While having boxy proportions, it has sharp styling to compliment it. An SUV-ish look is enhanced due to the boxy design. It has attractive 16-inch alloy wheels as well. The bumpers have large black insets to give it a muscular look.

Kia Soul Interiors

The Soul has a simple interior design. The styling is classic and has a large touchscreen dominating the centre console. There is automatic climate control and a three pod instrument cluster. The multi-functional steering wheel does look appealing and the design is neat. The top end variant will also get a leather wrapped steering. Space is good too in both the rows. This SUV will come with dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature. This will enhance the SUV’s safety. It will also offer features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, MirrorLink, navigation and voice commands. The seats will be comfortable. It will have decent space at the rear as well.

Kia Soul interior

Competition

The Kia Soul will be competing with the upcoming Hyundai Carlino, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V and the Tata Nexon. It will be another option for compact SUV buyers and the USP of this SUV will be its styling and the features on offer.

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