Kia Are Upgrading Soul & Carens Models
Kia have announced Soul and Carens will be upgraded late in the year, refreshed and raring to go into 2017. The Soul range receives a new 201 bhp 1.6-litre T-GDI engine option, it will be the most powerful Soul to date. Light updates to its exterior and interior design are planned, along with new safety and infotainment technologies.
Kia are refreshing the appearance and functionality of the Carens too, bringing it up-to-date with Kia’s latest model designs plus improving in-cabin ambience, and updating the safety and connectivity features.
The new Soul 1.6 T-GDI.
Powered by Kia’s 201 bhp 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine the Soul will accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 122 mph and produce CO2 emissions of 156 g/km.
The engine transmits its power to the front wheels through Kia’s advanced new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (7DCT), providing instant gear changes and decisive acceleration at all speeds. A new Drive Mode Selector – available across the Soul range on models equipped with the 7DCT – lets Soul T-GDI drivers switch between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, each subtly adapting the level of steering assistance available, to allow for normal, light or heavy steering depending on driver preference and driving conditions.
The Soul 1.6 T-GDI stands out in the Soul range thanks to exterior modifications, including a bolder front bumper and air intake grille design, twin exhaust pipes at the rear, and its own 10-spoke 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel design. Completing the sportier appearance of the T-GDI model are red highlights to the front bumper and side sills.
Inside the Soul 1.6 T-GDI features its very own distinctive cabin colour scheme, with black cloth and leather upholstery paired with orange stitching. A D-shaped steering wheel and orange highlights throughout the cabin, including orange metal paint on the gearstick, add further purpose to the design.
The Soul 1.6 T-GDI is available with larger brakes than the standard Soul. The car is fitted with 17” ventilated front discs, the solid rear discs remain the same size. The revised brakes reduce the stopping distance of the Turbo model slightly, to 35.3 metres when stopping from 60 mph (down from 35.5 metres), with the changes primarily made to ensure fade-free braking power under consistent use.
Outside, the remodelled front and rear bumpers with a metallic skid plate create a robust appearance. The Soul’s front bumper houses optional bi-function HID (high-intensity discharge) headlights with LED daytime running lights, and an updated finish to Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille. The rear of the car features newly-designed fog lamps and reflectors for greater illumination.
The ambience of the cabin has also been enhanced with the introduction of new gloss black and metallic highlights and switch gear. In addition, new exterior features emphasise the car’s compact SUV credential with a gloss black finish to front and rear wheel arches, and a body kit for front and rear bumpers and side sills on selected models.
There will be options to choose Kia’s latest 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment HMI (human-machine interface). The new HMI systems provide smartphone-style touchscreen control over the audio-visual navigation system, and is available with Apple CarPlay™ (for iPhone 5 or newer) and Android Auto™ (for Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer) for full smartphone integration. The new HMI systems also house a rear-view parking camera, and a new USB port has been added to the rear of the cabin, allowing back-seat passengers to charge mobile devices on the move. The front passenger seat is also now available with eight-way power adjustment, and drivers can benefit from new rain-sensing windscreen wipers and, in models equipped with 7DCT, the new Drive Mode Selector.
Safety is also improved in the Soul with the adoption of Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) for the first time, giving drivers better all-round visibility on motorways and during low-speed parking manoeuvres.
Kia Carens Upgrade
The Carens new look includes front and rear bumpers, fog lamp design plus an updated ‘tiger-nose’ grille resulting in a more sculpted appearance. These changes are accompanied by the addition of a new exterior paint finish, Mysterious Blue, as well as three new designs for 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels. The updated model also boasts new rear combination lamps with a distinctive new light signature.
The Carens’ spacious seven-seat interior is enhanced with the adoption of a new seat upholstery – available with a new knit cloth pattern, or leather with a diamond-woven pattern – as well as new metallic and gloss-black accents throughout the cabin, and a new carbon-effect dashboard trim. The interior of the Carens is available with either black or beige upholstery.
Kia have put together a new Eco Pack for the 114 bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine, incorporating Idle Stop/Go (ISG) technology, Michelin low rolling resistance tyres, and a series of revised gear ratios. The most economical engine in the Carens line-up, the ISG-equipped Carens is now capable of producing carbon dioxide emissions as low as 109 g/km when paired with the car’s six-speed manual transmission (combined, New European Driving Cycle).
The new (human-machine interface) will also incorporates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. Android Auto™ is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher; Apple CarPlay™, for iPhone 5 or newer on selected models.
A new JBL®Premium Sound system, which features a subwoofer, external amplifier and six speakers for greater audio quality throughout the cabin will feature on selected UK models too.