The new 2023 Kia Soul is just about to arrive with refreshed design to rival Honda Element, the Nissan Cube, and the Scion xB. Moreover, thanks to its proportions, this styled subcompact crossovers is one of the most favorite SUVs in the class.
Besides, it features a unique styling, boxy shape, and it provides plenty of room for four adults. The new SUV also comes with a large cargo area to hold their gear. Under the hood, it deploys a 147-hp four-cylinder engine as standard, but Kia also offers a powerful 201-hp turbocharged four. According to Kia, we can expect the new model to debut next year at this time.
2023 Kia Soul First Look
The exterior of the recently caught prototype is boxy but yet charming. For 2023, the manufacturer will make this model even more attractive by adding some changes to the front end. Kia will use the more thin LED headlights and some bold character lines to liven up the design. Also, they will continue with the same doors and rear hatch openings to make it very easy to load in cargo and people.
On the side, Kia Soul will feature new wheels, and we expect more options on upper trims. The manufacturer added a unique badging with the Kia logo that’s been spreading through the U.S. lineup. As for the back, the same design remains, but we should expect some small refreshments as well.
The inside of the 2023 Kia Soul is very modern and spacious for its size. This SUV comes with a boxy shape, and it offers a space-efficient interior with lots of room for passengers and cargo. As far as we know, you can comfortably fit up to four adults in the Soul. There are 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space on the back, which can be increased to 62.1 cubic feet when back seats are folded.
As for interior technology, the base LX trim includes an 8-inch UVO system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Other standard features include power mirrors, a tilt, and telescoping steering column, an overhead console, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding back seats, air conditioning, cruise control, and a backup camera.
2023 Kia Soul Powertrain Specs
The new 2023 Kia Soul is the SUV that offers two engines. The base engine comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4, which provides 147 horses and 132 lb-ft of torque. According to Kia, even with the base model, you’ll get a strong engine enough for daily driving and suitable for highway passing. The more potent is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that power turbo trim. The turbo engine makes 201 horsepower delivering significantly better performance.
The base engine uses a standard CVT automatic transmission, which provides smooth power delivery to the front wheels. However, the turbo engine is offered with a 7-speed DCT transmission with rapid shifts. Unfortunately, AWD is still not available for the Kia Soul.
Is There Going To Be the 2023 Kia Soul?
If we can rely on the previous release, the new 2023 Kia Solu can be expected to reach markets sometime at the end of next year summer. As mentioned, the next-generation model will bring many improvements over the current generation. You’ll get refreshed look, more standard equipment, and the most important choice of two potent engines.
The 2023 Kia Soul has with LX base trim should start at less than $20,000, while the Turbo model is around $28,000. Other small SUVs that are in the same class with the Kia Soul are the Nissan Kicks, Chevy Trailblazer, and the Mini Countryman.