New Kia Soul Revealed For 2011

New Kia Soul revealed for 2011

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The Kia Soul will be updated this year with a new design and a more environmentally friendly engine, the car maker has revealed.

The small, SUV-styled crossover has been refreshed three years after first arriving, but at first glance the changes are modest.

Inside, Kia says the Soul will feature a more high-tech cabin and has added a list of new equipment to US versions.

UK version trim levels have not been confirmed, but a revamped sound system and an option of a reverse camera are expected to be included in higher specification models.

A new front bumper, a tweak to the front and rear lights and a slight softening of the quirky boxy shape of the small car are the most obvious superficial changes, but the Soul also receives a new engine option.

This comes in the form of a 1.6-litre petrol unit delivering 138bhp. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, this improves power by 11 per cent over previous models but brings down CO2 emissions and fuel economy, according to Kia.

Michael Sprague, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Kia, said: “We have given the new Soul significant improvements in power, style and fuel economy, making this iconic vehicle the perfect package for consumers looking for something a little outside the box."

The Kia Soul was the first in a revamped Kia range for Europe, which has now expanded to include the Kia Sportage crossover and the updated Kia Rio and Kia Picanto small cars.

The new, more efficient Kia Soul will arrive in UK showrooms in autumn, and prices will be announced closer to the launch date.