The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul has been snapped testing in the desert and its apparent that there will be plenty of changes both outside and inside. As you can see, the high-riding, abruptly angled profile will remain intact, as the redesign will be more of an evolution of the current hamster-hauler.

Through the heavy cladding, there is evidence of major revisions to the front and rear fascias. The headlights appear to have an LED strip similar to the forthcoming Forte redesign, while taillights have been rethought. The new Soul is said to ride on the same platform that underpins the Kia Rio, while the transmission is reportedly a dual-clutch gearbox sourced from the Hyundai Veloster. Also available will be a six-speed manual transmission.

Inside, the new interior features contrasting stitching, while the steering wheel has a clean layout, likely with voice-control toggles for the latest iteration of Kia's UVO system.

While the Soul has only been out for four years, its popularity in the market has inspired Kia to keep the hatchback continually fresh. We will see the first official shots of the 2014 Soul within the next year.


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      soonermike
      • 2 Years Ago
      <------ Still waiting for Kia Soulster...
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's great that they're updating the look/features/powertrains every 2 years. But I gotta say, even though Hyundai and Kia are on a roll, I don't feel comfortable buying their first dual-clutch transmission, especially with all the troubles Ford has had with theirs.
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      I almost thought the picnic table in the background was a wing for second there.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be interesting but give me a manual option across the line and get rid of the Soul name all over the seats.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Chip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Curious to see what the headlight treatment will be. Nice car, but the one thing that bugs me about it is the headlights that look like they have lampblack underneath them. It's the one thing that turns me off about the car, in spite of its "cuteness".
      blkpantha
      • 2 Years Ago
      scion XB want their design back
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blkpantha
        *wants I got rid of the ebonics for you. BTW it looks nothing like an xB.
      David Lloyd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am hugely disappiinted with this redesign. I was hoping it would take the form of the Track'ster. This looks like Kia is making it bigger, much like what Scion did with the XB.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Lloyd
        Uh, this is the same platform and same basic design. It will be nearly identical, dimensions-wise. Settle down, dude.
      airekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      ....now if they would only offer the manual on something OTHER than the stripped-down-bare-bones model.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @airekk
        Uh, the base model is anything but bare-bones. Look at the feature list.
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      This, I believe, is Kia's strength: doing something a bit different, yet still unpretentious -- and doing it right.
      • 2 Years Ago
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