Kia boosts Soul range

Kia boosts Soul range

Kia is taking a bolder approach to its city crossover in New Zealand with the expansion of its Soul SUV range.

The Soul Urban model was introduced initially with a 1.6-litre engine to test the market earlier this year and Kia says it has been so successful it is now confirmed as a mainstream model, along with a 2.0-litre version.

The styling of the Urban adds black body mouldings to the front bumper and side sills, highlighted with a chrome strip and black wheel arch extensions and larger 18” sport alloy wheels.

It also gets front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear light clusters.

“Soul has always had a touch of SUV in its styling, so we decided to accentuate it and create a special model with a much bolder road presence,” says Todd McDonald, general manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“The popularity of SUVs in this market has grown in recent times, indicating the public continues to hold a preference for this type of vehicle. Soul already possesses a unique character through its upright styling and with the Urban we have given it a further boost in the SUV direction.

“We have selected key styling items that are designed to blend perfectly with the vehicle and we’re delighted with the overall look – it really does add more flair.”

Inside, the driver has a leather-bound steering wheel, cruise control and air conditioning.

The six-speaker audio system is controlled through a touchscreen and includes Bluetooth connectivity.

Pricing is from $32,490, including on-road costs, and is powered by the choice of two petrol engines; a 1.6-litre CVVT unit delivering 91kW of peak power or a 2.0-litre version with 113kW of power matched to a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission.

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