The presence of Kia at the Auto Expo 2018 was breathtaking. The Korean major had one of the mot impressive stalls at the Expo. It is there that the company announced a new concept SUV for India – SP Concept. This SUV will be built on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta. Kia is also keen on getting a compact SUV to rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford Ecosport. This will be the next generation Kia Soul, which is in the works. The reliability tests of this SUV are being carried out. It has also been spotted testing. Kia is currently setting up its operations in India and plans to start off with a bang. The Soul is the Korean auto maker’s best seller across the world.
Earlier, a Kia Soul test car was also spotted in West Bengal, when the company was doing its feasibility studies. Kia has its plant set up in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh. The plant has an annual production capacity of 300,000 units. The Soul will be one of the products to be initially introduced. Want to know more about the Kia Soul? Keep reading further.
Kia Soul Review
Kia Soul is the highest selling car from the Korean maker. Kia now is a the brink of commencing its Indian operations. Currently it is setting up dealerships across the country. The Kia Soul is a compact SUV, under 4 meters, which will mainly compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Kia wants to start of by introducing SUVs first. The SPConcept based SUv will be the first product most likely, followed by the Soul. The Kia Soul is a stylish looking vehicle and its SUV like looks will appeal to a lot of car buyers.
2019 Kia Soul Launch Date in India
Kia plans to introduce its cars in India by 2019. The new gen Kia Soul might be launched by mid or late 2019. It will follow the launch of the SUV based on the SP Concept. 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 as soon as possible. The first products to come out from the Kia brand will be SUVs.
2019 Kia Soul Price in India
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.
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.
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Kia Soul Design
The Soul looks stylish. With an aim to attract youngsters, the Kia Soul will differentiate itself from competition. The window lines are similar to the Mini Cooper of Maruti Swift. With contemporary looks, it is sure to woo buyers. The boxy proportions give it an SUV look and the style elements make it look premium as well. It has attractive 16-inch alloy wheels as well. The bumpers have large black insets to give it a muscular look.
Kia Soul Specifications
6-speed M / AT
A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel engine will do duty on the Kia Soul. This is a light SUV and will have good performance. 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. There is also an electric version in the making.
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Kia Soul Competition
The 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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