Kia Soul gets re-en­er­gised

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Kia’s break­through Soul has lifted the bar yet again with the ar­rival of a re­freshed and re-en­er­gised range for 2012. At the heart of the new model range is the all-new 2.0-litre MPI petrol en­gine from the Nu fam­ily of four­cylin­der en­gines. The new Nu brings a sparkling 122kw and 200Nm to the ta­ble and takes to three the en­gine choices for the 2012 Soul range.

The 2.0-litre Nu joins the car­ry­over 1.6-litre 4-cylin­der Gamma petrol en­gine which ben­e­fits from the ad­di­tion of dual CVVT for an additional 4kw of power, now 95kw and 157Nm. The third en­gine in the range is the proven 1.6-litre CRDI diesel with 94kw and 260Nm.

Both the 1.6 petrol and diesel en­gines are avail­able cou­pled to six-speed man­ual or au­to­matic gear­boxes re­plac­ing the five-speed man­ual and four-speed au­to­mat­ics from the su­perceded model. The 2.0 petrol en­gine comes stan­dard with the six-speed au­to­matic.

Soul is avail­able in two trim lev­els, the Soul with 1.6-litre MPI petrol en­gine, 37 cm steel wheels, 195/65 R15 rub­ber, six airbags, MDPS steer­ing with rake and reach ad­justable wheel, sta­bil­ity con­trol with ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity man­age­ment and Hil­ls­tart As­sist Con­trol, six-func­tion trip com­puter, six-speaker au­dio, seat­belt re­minders, stream­ing Blue­tooth and key­less en­try with fold­ing key.

The Soul+ gains the 2.0-litre petrol en­gine or 1.6-diesel over the en­try-level model as well as 45 cm al­loys 225/45 R18 rub­ber, front fog lamps, lug­gage cover, roof rails and driver’s seat height ad­just­ment.

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