Kia decided to reveal pricing and updates for the 2012 Soul, a model unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. If the styling improvements are almost unnoticeable, the engine range of the small crossover model suffers few noteworthy changes.
The base version of the 2012 Kia Soul packs a 1.6-liter unit receives a power boost of 16 horses to a total of 138 horsepower. The engine is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and returns a fuel economy of 34mpg (highway) and 28mpg (city).
The entry-level Soul is priced at $14,650 including destination and handling fee while the same version but mated to a six-speed automatic transmission costs $16,450 with D&H. The 1.6-liter engine comes with the gasoline direct injection system able to keep the fuel consumption at a lower level.
There is also a new 2.0-liter engine able to deliver 164 horsepower, offered as well with both manual and automatic transmissions.
This reworked engine offers 22 more horses than the previous model and returns a fuel economy of 33/27 mpg (highway/city). The South Korean company also announced that the Soul Sport model is no longer available.