Taking the world première opportunity of its 4th-generation Kia Rio supermini (subcompact), South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors Corporation presented its upgraded Soul compact SUV and Carens MPV at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (1-16 Oct.).
Kia's Soul compact SUV gets a series of design, safety and infotainment upgrades, in addition to its new and most powerful version, the 204ps Soul SX.
On the outside, Soul comes with new front and rear bumpers, a metallic skid plate, optional bi-function HID (high-intensity discharge) headlights with LED daytime running lights, and an updated finish to Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille.
Three new metallic exterior paint finishes will be available: Mysterious Blue, Russet Brown, and Wild Orange. A white contrast roof and door mirror caps will also be available with the Mysterious Blue and Russet Brown options, in addition to new optional 10-spoke 16- and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheel designs.
Inside, a new cloth upholstery comes with a single or two-tone color scheme (black, black and grey, black and brown), new gloss black and metallic highlights and switchgear in addition to a new Orange design pack, with orange-and-grey upholstery, grey stitching and orange highlights throughout the cabin.
For the existing design packs, the Urban Active gets a series of cosmetic enhancements such as a gloss black finish to front and rear wheel arches, and a body kit for front and rear bumpers and side sills. The Red Zone pack comes with a set of red highlights to the grille, front and rear bumpers and sills, a red roof and a small red rear spoiler
New infotainment options include Kia’s latest 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour touchscreen human-machine interface with smartphone-style touchscreen control over the audio-visual navigation system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration.
A new USB port has been added to the rear of the cabin, allowing back-seat passengers to charge mobile devices, and new rain-sensing windscreen wipers can also be ordered. In models equipped with 7DCT, a new Drive Mode Selector provides varying levels of steering assistance depending on driver preference. The Soul is also available with Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
With these updates, Kia has also launched the ‘Soul SX’, the most powerful version of the model with a 204 ps 1.6-liter T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine. Kia indicates that the Soul SX accelerates from 0-to-100 kph in 7.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 200 kph. The front-wheel-drive model gets Kia’s advanced new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (7DCT), only available on the SX model.
The Soul SX comes with bolder front bumper and air intake grille design, wider side sills, twin exhaust pipes at the rear and its own 10-spoke 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design. It also gets a T-GDI engine badge on the tailgate, a unique red Soul model logo and red highlights to the front bumper and side sills.
Inside, the sporty color scheme combines black cloth and leather upholstery with orange stitching, a D-shaped steering wheel and orange highlights throughout the cabin.
On the MPV side, Kia's upgrades to the Carens cover exterior details, functionality, interior, safety and connectivity features.
Exterior changes include revised front and rear bumpers, an updated ‘tiger-nose’ grille and new rear lights, with the availability of Kia's new Mysterious Blue exterior paint color, and three new designs for 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The seven-seat cabin gets new seat upholstery and new metallic and gloss-black accents. Carens is also available with Kia’s 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI with navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto for smartphone integration, in addition to a pair of new DRiVE WISE advanced driver assistance systems: Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Speed Limit Information Function. A new JBL Premium Sound system is also available.