Kia has updated its Soul hatchback for 2023 for the U.S. market, with a refreshed face, simplified trim lineup and new colors. Pricing is yet to be announced and so is the availability timeline. But in the meantime, let’s take a brief look at the updates.
Speaking of which, the trim lineup now includes LX, S, EX and GT-Line. Which means the X-Line and the Turbo trims have been given a miss for 2023, or maybe they might return at a later date. The revised front fascia features new headlights (LEDs are optional) and redesigned upper and lower grilles, while at the rear, there’s a new bumper. There are also new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. As for exterior colors, there are new two-tone paint schemes: Clear White and Surf Blue, both coupled with a Fusion Black roof.
Inside, it appears that there’s a digital driver display, but it is unclear which version gets it. The optional GT-Line Technology Package gets you a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Harman Kardon premium audio system, power-adjustable driver seat, and ADAS tech such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning capability; Highway Drive Assist; Navigation based Smart Cruise Control, and Electronic Parking Brake.
Standard ADAS across all trims include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist-Pedestrian; Lane Keeping Assist + Lane Following Assist; Driver Attention Warning; Lane Departure Warning; High Beam Assist, and Rear Occupant Alert.
For 2023, the Soul offers a single powertrain for the U.S. market, which is, of course, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 179 Nm (132 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a CVT.