Today we came back wit a new set of spy pictures of the Next-generation Kia Soul, codenamed as SK3, where we can see a new sporty variant, that could continue what we have seen on the current Soul (the Soul Turbo or Soul Sport) but according to SHM Studio, where we also have took the pics, with the next-gen will turned into a Soul GT.
With this new pictures we can see a new front and rear sporty bumpers, including some red lines like other Kia’s GT models, and dual-centered exhaust pipe that we have not seen in other test models.
The new Kia Soul will look after seeing new key design points, like new headlights, front grille & bumper, etc… Comparing the render with the spy pictures, a continuist rear design with enlarged vertical tailight, the same as before, but what have caught our attention is the new front design with separated headlights like what we have seen in the Hyundai Kona.
Despite the succes in North America, Kia are very concerned about sluggish sales on its local market (during 2017 they sold 250 units a month while in January 2018 sold only 96 units).
For example, during 2017 in the US-market, Kia has sold 115,512 units. That is why Kia has been actively reflecting local customer tastes through surveys for design and safety/convenience preferences.
Despite gasoline and diesel engines, the future Kia Soul will also have an EV variant and this will be based on the common platform and next-generation battery that was developed for the Hyundai Kona EV/Kia Niro EV, so this means than can have more than 300 km of autonomy. An extended range model like with the Kona (470 km) is not confirmed yet.