Kia Teases The 2020 Soul Before Its Official LA Debut

Soul LA Auto Show Teaser 1

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

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

The Korean carmaker says that the Soul, an "undeniable automotive icon", will be instantly recognisable (that's what you do with iconic and/or popular designs, you maintain them) and will come to market with "awesome versatility for everyone".

"Its bold design, uncompromising utility and fun-to-drive personality will be highlighted through the availability of several drivetrains, including turbocharged and "gas-free" electric options", the company says. Kia says the 2020 Soul EV "will be available in select retailers in select markets with limited availability", so we will have to wait to see which countries end up getting the EV model - we assume the USA will be one of them. The hatch retains the same vertical taillamps as well.

While the U.S. market gets both petrol engines and the new pure-electric powertrain, when it reaches Europe markets like the United Kingdom will only get the zero-emission plug-in version of the 2019 Kia Soul.

The headlights have been slimmed down with LED daytime running lights; and a trim piece that reads "Soul" is also new, connecting the rear window to the back taillight, enhancing the roofline. Would the funky crossover have succeeded here?

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