Kia Motors will change its product concept for the third generation Kia Soul (codenamed as SK3), when it arrives in October. The funky boxy will be a SUV and no more a CUV according to industry sources in order to respond to B-SUV market continuous growing.[ads id=”9″]
And also and as you can see in the pictures (despite the poor quality) a continuist rear design with enlarged vertical tailight, the same as before, but what catches 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.