Fill up your summer with the Kia Soul! July 28th, 2015
The Soul was created from a single idea: to create a vehicle with the style and practicality of an SUV but with the versatility and riding comfort of a sedan. And since 2008, the Soul has opened a new chapter for vehicles, ushering in the concept of the ‘fashion car’.
From the beginning, the crossover’s playful exterior combined with its practical and spacious interior had everyone talking. Further developed and enhanced throughout the years, the Kia Soul became one of Kia’s signature vehicles. Let’s take a look at the Soul’s history and find out exactly why the Soul is such a perfect fit for fueling up your summer.
First-generation Soul (2008)
The launch of the first generation Soul in 2008 broke the mold with a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind design. Its dynamic reclining roofline and strong character lines, along with its five-star collision safety rating, eight-speaker stereo system and fashionable body colors set the gold standard for how modern compact crossovers should look.
In another chapter of the evolving Soul saga, the Soul’ster concept car hinted at where the next generation Soul’s design was headed. Based on the first generation Soul platform, the Soul’ster was revealed the following year at the Detroit Motor Show. The design combined the original Soul with a roadster to suit those with young lifestyles who enjoy outdoor activities. The Soul’ster received some impressive accolades, including the 2009 concept truck of the year and the 2009 North American Concept Vehicle of the Year awards. With features such as the dual chrome exhausts, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a prominent roll bar, anticipation for the next Soul was as high as ever!
Refreshed Soul (2011)
The refreshed Soul was released in 2011. With more power, the 1.6-liter GDi engine and six-speed automatic transmission improved performance and fuel efficiency. Along with its enhanced power, the exterior features included projection headlamps, LED signal lights, and bigger fog lamps. The tiger-nose grille and narrower tail lamps created an overall sleeker look for the refreshed Soul, making it the top-seller in its segment.
Even bolder and sportier, the Kia Track’ster concept car made its debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. With more voluminous curves and an oversized radiator grille, the Track’ster not only has a hard-to-ignore outer appearance, but it is also powered by a 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine and an electronically controlled 4WD system. Hinting at the next generation Soul, the Track’ster was described as the ultimate performance edition.
Second generation Soul (2013)
Following the sneak peek provided by the Track’ster, the second generation Soul was released in 2013 with an array of improvements while retaining the unique characteristics of the first generation vehicle. Compared to the original Soul’s softer and more ‘feminine’ appearance, the second generation was designed with bolder lines and finer details. The new Soul is the first Kia model with an optional contrasting color for the roof. Under the hood, the all-new Soul comes equipped with powertrain options such as a 1.6 GDI engine, 1.6 MPI engine and more. Advanced features include high beam assist, lane departure warning system and vehicle stability management. Such rigorous evolution in design and technology have enabled the Soul to receive the distinguished ‘red dot design award’ multiple times since 2009.
Soul EV (2014)
Just when people thought it couldn’t get any better, Kia surprised fans with the Soul EV. Released in 2014, the Soul urban crossover is Kia’s first-ever globally sold electric vehicle. With a fresher outer appearance and a powerful core, including an 81.4kW electric motor and high-capacity 27kWH lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Soul EV definitely exceeded expectations with its style and long range! Find out more facts you didn’t know about the Kia Soul EV.
Revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Trail’ster concept car is equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and hybrid powertrain, making it ready for any kind of adventure. What’s more, it comes with alluring features such as an open-air sky roof and advanced LED technology front fog lights. For more about this latest Soul-based concept car, check out the reveal of the Kia Trail’ster concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
Beginning back in 2008, and all the way through to the current generation, the Soul has proved to be an undeniable crowd pleaser with its unique design and practical capabilities. Take the stylish and powerful compact crossover out for a drive and you will see for yourself why so many Soul owners are satisfied! It is just the ticket for filling up your summer — the all-in-one Soul!