The Kia Soul compact crossover has been given a fresh and updated look and the option of a bigger engine.
The new model also improves fuel economy. It has an engine capacity of 1999cc and now delivers 122kW at 6500rpm and 200Nm at 4800rpm. The 2.0-litre Soul is available with new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The Soul's exterior design has been updated with subtle changes to front and rear fascias to project a wider stance, while new headlamps, tail-lights, side mirrors and wheels project a more modern look.
The 2.0-litre Soul is easily distinguishable with exclusive projector headlamps, while front LED Daytime Running Lights and LED tail-lights complement the fresh 18-inch alloy wheels.
Other new safety features standard on the 2.0-litre Soul includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
The complete 2012 Soul range (including the 1.6 model) has undergone a number of significant design improvements. On the outside, Soul is freshened with subtle changes, such as a redesigned bonnet and new front and rear bumpers.
The Soul is now available in two derivatives - a 1.6-litre petrol model and the new 2.0-litre petrol model - with the 1.6 model offering numerous standard convenience features, including air conditioning, Bluetooth, front and rear electric windows, radio/CD front loader with MP3/USB/iPod connection and rear park assist. The 1.6 Soul also comes standard with 16-inch 205/55 R16 alloy wheels with front disc and rear drum brakes.
Upgrading to the Soul 2.0-litre adds keyless remote entry with flip key, privacy glass on the tailgate and rear side windows, climate control, automatic light control, cruise control (auto only), electric folding side mirrors, leather seats, LED Daytime running lights, LED rear combination lights, a rear view camera as well as an improved sound system with subwoofer and external amplifier. The 2.0 litre Soul further features 18-inch 225/45 R18 alloy wheels with front and rear disc brakes.
Adding to the distinctiveness of Soul, buyers can choose from a wide palate of exterior paint colors, including: White, Bright Sliver, Titanium Silver, Green Tea Latte, Tomato Red, Moonlight Blue and Black Soul.
A five-year or 100 000km warranty and four-year or 90 000km service plan are standard.
1.6 Manual: R193 995
1.6 Auto: R203 995
2.0 Manual: R229 995
2.0 Auto: R239 995