Boxy crossover looks a little sad in the snow...

The next-generation Kia Soul has been spied during cold-weather testing this week, giving us a first look at the boxy crossover.

Like the current version, the new Soul will retain its funky, square aesthetic, but there are some obvious design changes visible through the heavy camouflage this prototype is wearing.

Up front, it appears the Soul will employ a dual-tier headlight design, similar to parent company Hyundai's new SUV models. That makes this particular test mule look a little sad through its disguise.

The tall roofline and boxy shape remains, though the front windscreen is heavily raked – indicating the new Soul will also chase aerodynamic improvements – likely for better fuel economy and reduced wind noise.

Not much can be discerned at the rear, however, due to the false body panels and heavy use of black sheets. It does look like the upright tail-light design will carryover, though.

Reports suggest the Soul will offer the option of all-wheel drive for the first time – likely to challenge the ever-increasing crop of SUVs stealing its sales – along with a selection of powertrains including plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions.

We're anticipating the new Soul will make its debut sometime in 2019. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for updates.

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