NEW FOR 2012:

– Redesigned model with new engines
– Six-speed transmissions replace four- and five-speed transmissions
– Interior and exterior styling enhancements
– Available Idle Stop-and-Go technology
– Standard hill assist control
– Exterior colours: Misty Green, Olive Green and Saddle Brown added; Java Brown, Orange and Blue Stone discontinued
– Interior colour: “Patterned” seat upholstery replaces Houndstooth upholstery

For 2012, the Kia Soul undergoes a redesign. While its engine displacements are unchanged, the engines are new and more powerful, and all transmissions are six-speed. Available Idle Stop-and-Go technology improves fuel efficiency by turning off the engine at idle, much like a hybrid does.

Exterior changes include new bumpers, four-bulb headlamps, new taillights with available LED lights, and new optional 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Soul receives a new upper floor console and manual gearshift knob, and there are new options including seven-inch navigation screen, UVO infotainment system and Supervision cluster. Items on the trim levels have also changed.

The Soul comes with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder or 2.0-litre four-cylinder. Both come with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The 1.6 comes in a single trim line, with choice of transmissions. The 2.0-litre comes as the 2u and 4u with manual or automatic transmission, and as the 4u Retro, 4u Burner and 4u Luxury with automatic transmission only.

Features on the 1.6 include 15-inch steel wheels, fog lights, heated mirrors, body-colour door handles, privacy glass, front and rear mud guards, heated black cloth seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, single-tone dash and door panels, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, exterior temperature gauge, power locks, CD/MP3 stereo with USB and auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth connectivity, driver’s auto-down window, rear cargo under-floor storage tray, trip computer, active front head restraints, tire mobility kit, and hill assist control. Air conditioning can be added as an option. Models with an automatic transmission add a driver’s seat armrest and active Eco system.

The 2.0 2u adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, compact spare tire, roof rails, mirrors with integrated turn signals, “Soul” pattern seat and door trim inserts, keyless entry, dash-mounted tweeter speakers, Sirius satellite radio, and cargo net. Models with an automatic transmission add cruise control.

The 2.0 4u adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof, body-colour bumpers, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Models with an automatic transmission add a rearview camera, premium audio components, LED speaker mood lamps, and UVO infotainment system.

The 2.0 4u Retro builds on the 2.0 4u with automatic and adds black cloth seats with beige tartan pattern, and two-tone black and beige dash and door trim.

The 2.0 4u Burner adds automatic climate control, Smart Key with pushbutton start, rear spoiler, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, chrome exterior door handles, black gloss bumpers, black cloth seats with red inserts, and two-tone black and red dash and door trim.

The 2.0 4u Luxury adds body-colour bumpers and door handles, heated leather seats, black dash and door trim, iPod cable, navigation system, and cargo cover.

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