2022 Kia Soul Looks More Boxy, First Thoughts


The refreshed 2022 Kia Soul is coming with overhauled design. If you didn’t know, this boxy SUV has one of the unique stylings in the class. It’s recognized by Kia’s “tiger nose” theme and the shaped LED headlights, luring many eyes. Besides attractive exterior styling, the new Kia Soul also offers a stylish and comfortable interior. It features 2-rows of seats and enough room to fit four comfortably or five in a pinch. Kia recently revealed that the new Soul would be available to purchase by the end of this year.

Like its predecessor, the new Soul comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower. This engine sends power through front wheels via a continuously variable transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Also, Kia offers one more optional engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Kia Soul

2022 Kia Soul Redesign

The exterior styling of the new 2022 Kia Soul is boxy with some attractive character lines. Thanks to that, the forthcoming Soul seems like a much more expensive model than it is. The front fascia is eye-catchy, and it still uses the exact Kia’s “tiger nose” theme and new 16-inch steel wheels as standard. However, the wheels of size 17 to 18 inches in diameter are available on upper trims.

For example, choosing the X-Line model, buyers will get plastic body cladding and 18-inch wheels. Generally, the most sporty and eye-catching version is GT-Line. This model looks more aggressive, adding many red accents, specific front/rear fascia’s, and wheels that emit a sportier vibe compared to other trims.

2022 Kia Soul interior

Inner Changes

The new 2022 Kia Soul offers a roomy and comfortable interior like many crossover utility vehicles of similar size. This model can fit four passengers comfortably or five in a pinch. Stepping into the base model, you’ll first notice premium cloth and available upmarket synthetic leather. However, upper trims offer more quality materials and techs.

When it comes to tech things, the 2022 Kia Soul will feature the same 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration. Moreover, optionally one can get upgrades such as a 10.25-inch touch-screen display, navigation, HD Radio, and mighty Harmon Kardon audio system.

2022 Kia Soul Engine Specs

We anticipate that the 2022 Kia Soul will be offered with the same two engine choices. The standard version continuous to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 147 horses and 132 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, this version is offered with front wheels via a new continuously variable transmission. The manufacturer also with the engine offers a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The next engine is more potent, consisting of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the first engine, this one is specially matched with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. We should also expect the EV model to join the group of machines shortly after.

2022 Kia Soul rear

2022 Kia Soul Release Date and Price

The release date of the 2022 Kia Soul will be most likely happen sometime this year. Besides much more attractive outside styling, the upcoming model also comes with a very spacious and techy interior.

The Soul’s pricing should be in the current model range, which starts from $18,800 to $29,000 MSRP, inclusive of the destination charge.

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