Kia releases a nice 30-second long video starring their own new Soul city car and Michelle Wie, the popular 22 years old golf star from Korea. The revamped Soul model year 2012 comes with newly designed head- and tail-lamps and bumpers: the front one has a thicker outline around the fog-lights whereas the rear one now sports an unusual black bar.
However, the most relevant news is the addition of a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre unit with direct injection to its engine range. This unit will provide the little Kia with an output of 140 hp and 164 Nm of torque, enough to push the Soul from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds with 149 g/km of CO2 emission. The already familiar 1.6 CRDi engine maintains its 128 hp output but - thanks to a clever diet - it has shaven half a second off the 0-100km/h sprint-time of the equally equipped Soul of the previous generation. The CO2 emission level of this engine went down to, going from 137 to less than 130 g/km.
The special Urban Shark version - a variant created with the input of sporty fashion brand Maui&Sons - will be made available with the 128 hp turbocharged 1.6-litre common-rail unit as the only engine option. This premium trim includes some fine features such as the standard 18″ alloys, heated wing mirrors, rear-view camera, leather coated steering wheel and gear lever knob, blackened rear windows and an audio system with CD/mp3 player, USB/AUX/Bluetooth connectivity and commands at the wheel.
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