Kia Motors unveiled a slightly upgraded version of the Kia Soul at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The car gets enhanced powertrain and visual tweaks.
The 1.6-litre GDI engine f the compact crossover now makes 1 percent more power at 136 hp and can be has with a new six-speed transmissions. The more potent 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is also available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The latter makes produces 160HP (119kW), a 13 percent increase over the previous version.
Both engines have now better fuel economy as well. Kia calculates that fuel economy for the 1.6-litre is an impressive 28/34 mpg city/highway (8.4-6.9L/100km), 10 percent more efficient than the previous engine, while the 2.0-litre offers a fuel-sipping 27/33 mpg (8.7-7.1L/100km) for both the automatic and manual transmissions.
Design-wise the 2012 Kia Soul gets new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned hood and new front and rear bumpers for a more distinctive look, and a more high-tech, futuristic cabin with an Infinity premium audio system (optional) and UVO powered by Microsoft in-car hands-free communication and infotainment system. A Premium Package is also available with heated front seats, leather seat trim, automatic climate control, and a navigation system.