The 2019 Kia Soul Turbo has been spotted in the wilds with a totally new face.
For their upcoming third generation of Soul, Kia won’t be reinventing the wheel. The subcompact crossover will still be the boxy little people mover that we’ve all come to know and love (or hate, depending on your personal preference) but Kia will definitely be updating the Soul to keep up with a changing North American Market.
By way of Motor1, the Soul was spotted in California’s Death Valley undergoing some hot weather testing. Here’s hoping the A/C on this test mule was working correctly for the sake of the driver.
Immediately we can tell that the 2019 Soul looks like almost an entirely new car from the nose to the front doors. The previous combined daytime and headlights have been separated out so that the daytime running lights are a narrow strip just below the hood of the car, while the headlights are now relocated to just beside the fenders. It gives the Kia a much more modern and striking look.
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Curiously, we have no sign of the “tiger nose” grille that Kia has been so excited about on all their other models. We suppose it could still be hiding behind all that bulging camouflage, but if so, it would definitely have shrunk compared to previous year’s models.
All those red herrings beneath the vinyl make it difficult to make any predictions on the side panels or hood. At the back, it looks like the C-shaped tail lights will return from the 2018 model, and there’s a brand new center-mounted exhausts setup that has square tips instead of the previous rounded ones.
There’s also a set of all-new 10-spoke wheels and the roofline appears to be a little bit higher than last year’s.
We’re told that the 2019 Soul will come with an all-new FWD powertrain that will even have available AWD. As for engines, that remains a mystery. The current Soul comes with a 1.6-L inline-4 with an optional turbocharger, and we have no reason to suspect that won’t be the case here too.
Expect to see the new Soul revealed later this year, possibly even at the LA Auto Show in November.