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2019 Kia Soul teased again

Korean brand previews front-end design with slim headlight units, ahead of LA motor show reveal.
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Hyundai Motor Group, parent company of Hyundai and Kia, has issued a teaser for the new-generation Soul crossover on social media ahead of a full reveal at the Los Angeles motor show.

After showing the new Soul's tail-light earlier this week, the manufacturer has now given us a glimpse at the sharper front end.

From the single image posted to Instagram overnight, we can see the new Soul will continue to offer contrasting mirror caps and a contrast roof as per previous iterations, and we can also see the headlights will be far slimmer than before and be joined by a black trim strip.

What won't change is the Soul's boxy aesthetic, which allows for maximum passenger and cargo space in fairly compact dimensions.

It's believed the next-gen Soul will be based on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona – itself a version of the architecture underpinning the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato – meaning it should offer naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol power, along with an all-electric option in the form of the Soul EV.

Additionally, the new crossover should receive a comprehensive technology update, meaning it'll offer the latest in Kia's driver assistance and active safety systems like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.


Following its reveal in LA, it's unclear exactly when the new Soul will hit local showrooms. Despite being something of a popular model in Kia's line-up in North America, the Soul has never really taken off in Australia.

Last we heard, the car's future was "under consideration", though the company's local arm wasn't more specific than that.

Our guess is that Kia Australia will bring the new Soul EV Down Under as one of the two all-electric vehicles it has promised for our market by 2021.

The Soul's sales are up in 2018, posting 39 registrations (up 34.5 per cent) for the month of October and 321 year to date (up 23.5 per cent) – obviously those increases are off a low base.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the 2019 Soul's reveal later in the coming weeks.