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Kia Soul 2020: First look ahead of LA reveal


This is our first real look at the new Kia Soul, with the brand's new box-shaped SUV to be unveiled in full at the LA Auto Show.

And while it might be a new version of Kia's funky hatchback-cum-SUV, the silhouette revealed today does cut a familiar figure for those familiar with the outgoing car.

The new Soul will make its world debut on November 28 at the LA Auto Show, and Kia is promising more tech, more room and more driver assistance systems right across the board. And a solo interior image does reveal a large touchscreen that takes pride of place in the centre of the dash.

The brand has also flagged a more rough-road focused version - the X-Line - though it is more likely to be merely "ruggedly styled" than an actual AWD variant. Internationally, the X-Line will join LX, EX, S and GT-Line trims, as well as a pure EV1 variant - the latter being a serious contender for an Australian debut.

The Soul will hit American dealerships in the first half of 2019, where a choice of 2.0-litre petrol or turbocharged 1.6-litre engines are on offer, both paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It is understood that Kia in Australia's interest is largely focused on the EV1 electric variant, which is expected to be one of the two pure EV models promised by the brand here. It is expected that car will make use of a smaller version of the EV powertrain from the Kia e-Niro, with reports a 39kWh battery will provide a range of around 320 kilometres.

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