A new body for the Kia Soul in 2016

Published: 26 January 2016

► Facelifted Kia Soul spied
► To launch later in 2016
► Fresh lights, bumpers

Seems only yesterday we drove the much-improved second-generation Kia Soul for the first time, but work is already underway on an all-new Soul, pencilled in for a launch date in 2018.

This isn’t it, however; in the meantime, a mid-life facelift is being applied to keep the most characterful car in Kia’s line-up fresh until its replacement arrives.

What’s going to change?

Despite the thorough camouflage, we should expect typical facelift fare: new lights and bumpers on the outside, updates for the multimedia and sat-nav system on the inside. Plus a greater range of bold two-tone roof/body contrast colour schemes when the camo comes off.

Let’s also hope for improved ride quality on larger-wheeled models (we found the ride more than a little harsh at launch), and the Soul could benefit from more competitive CO2 emissions and fuel consumption too – no doubt something that’s not escaped Kia’s notice.

The facelifted Kia Soul will launch before the end of 2016, most likely in the year’s final quarter.

Read CAR’s review of the current Kia Soul diesel here and the all-electric Kia Soul EV here.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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