2019 Kia Soul teased | CarAdvice

Next-generation crossover will still be recognisable as a Soul

The third-generation Kia Soul have been teased ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles motor show at the end of the month.

The teaser image gives us a glimpse of the car’s hindquarters, showing us the side of the new hockey stick tail-lights, the end of the roof rails, the fuel filler cap, and part of the rear wheel arch.

We can also see the Soul-branded plastic element visually linking the rear quarter windows with the tail-lights.

Our most recent set of spy photos, taken in September this year, show the new Soul will have a evolutionary exterior, although with a more pronounced change than the progression from the first to the second generation models.

The car will go on sale next year as a 2020 model in the US where it will be pitched as a crossover. The vehicle in the teaser image feature grey plastic wheel arch protectors, although it’s not clear if all variants will be similarly dressed.

For the North American market, the Soul will be available with a number of drivetrain options, including a turbocharged petrol engine, and an electric-only powertrain. It’s believed only the electric version of the Soul will be available in Europe.

Australia

It’s unclear when or if the Soul will land in Australian showrooms.

Kia Australia has previously committed to bringing two all-electric models into the country by 2021, raising the possibility the Soul EV may be sold here at some stage.