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The 2021 Kia Seltos is starting to break into the North American auto market by entering the Entry SUV segment with modern styling and a mood for adventure. During the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors shared the good news that the Seltos would join the already robust North American lineup with a look at some of the U.S. specs. The Kia Seltos offers plenty of great options, but we were waiting on a PR from the automaker for the real deal on what we can expect. Prayers have been answered, because the latest press release from Kia Motors gives us a full look inside and out on what the 2021 Kia Seltos will bring to the market.
Engineering Done Right
Engineered to satisfy both driver and passengers, multiple elements have been fine-tuned to ensure a rich experience when riding or driving the Kia Seltos. Two engine options will be made available for the 2021 model year, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine will come standard on the LX, S and EX trims. Capable of producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, this engine is paired with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). If looking for a little boost, the 2021 Kia Seltos S (option) and SX trims come with a 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine under the hood, capable of generating 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
Back in August, the list for eligible vehicles being entered into the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards was released. Out of these eligible vehicles were 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Telluride, both able to win the awards in their respective segments. As we draw ever nearer to the date of the awards, January 13, 2020, the semi-finalists round has passed and jurors are narrowing down the list for the final vehicles with a chance to win an award. If you haven’t gotten tired of all the good news for the 2020 Kia Telluride, then you’re in luck! The 2020 Kia Telluride was named one of three finalists for the 2020 NACTOY at the 2019 LA Auto Show.
“The Telluride is the first Kia vehicle designed specifically for the U.S. market and the impact it has made while reintroducing the Kia brand to Americans is nothing short of incredible…Demand for Telluride continues to outpace supply ten months after our flagship SUV first arrived in showrooms, and we are honored that Kia has been named a finalist for the prestigious North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award.” – Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA).
All vehicles entered into the NACTOY awards must (1) be an all-new model, or still early in its production run and (2) be available at dealerships within a reasonable time from the announcement of the awards, usually before the end of the year. Then, it’s up to a panel of 50 judges to months driving dozens of new vehicles throughout the year. Even with the red-hot competition this year, especially for the tough utility category with a variety of mainstream and luxury vehicles, three-row crossovers, and a new electric SUV, the large Kia Motors SUV made it into the final round. This year, the field of semi-finalists included 12 models in the utility category that the Telluride won out over.
The 2020 Kia Soul was revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Show alongside the new 2020 Kia Soul EV, and since then, the automaker has gone out of its way to remind us the attitude the Kia Soul has on the streets. Their new marketing campaign, The New Species of Soul, showed off new lineups Kia Motors will be releasing in multiple vehicle models, such as the GT Line, X-Line, and EX Designer Collection. Now that the 2020 Kia Soul is available, let’s talk about all the good it brings to the new model year.
A Little More Power but A Lot More Fun
With Kia Motors opening up a GT line while also planning to become the world’s next all-electric automaker, the 2020 Kia Soul is one of the first vehicles consumers will get to experience the new GT lineup with. Although the standard engine under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder able to generate 147 horsepower, there’s another engine option for a little more oomph! An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers a total of 201 horsepower is slowly becoming the average engine of the new GT lineup, also powering the upcoming Kia Forte GT.
When it comes to handling the new 2020 Kia Soul, it’s nimble and fun to drive. Consumers have the choice of a six-speed manual or a nicely mannered continuously variable automatic transmission with the standard engine and get a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with the more powerful engine. Whichever the consumer chooses, the new hatchback is the perfect car for crowded urban areas while also zipping through the bustling traffic of the highway. It may not be a sports car, but the new chassis gives the 2020 Kia Soul a longer stance for keeping control of the road in the driver’s hands.
Still a Hatchback
The Kia Soul is a hatchback and doesn’t shy away from its roots. There’s still plenty of room for people and cargo in the 2020 model. Getting a little more wiggle room, the tall roof provides front and rear passengers with plenty of headroom. Even with its square shape, passengers will find the cabin plenty comfortable.
Carving out a little extra space in every part of the new Kia Soul bodywork, consumers will now find 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk with the rear seats up. It may not sound like much, but it’s a 25-percent increase from previous models. Again, the new chassis has upgraded the 2020 Kia Soul in more ways than one.
Not Just a Touch of Tech – All the Tech
Some automakers may make consumers cash out a little more for what should come standard these days – a nice infotainment system with smartphone compatibility to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s why the 2020 Kia Soul comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone capabilities. For those who go higher up the lineup, especially when it comes to the GT-line and high-end EX, consumers get a 10/25-inch touchscreen instead. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is another option to look for, and with the adjustable lighting in the door panels that can pulse to the beat of the music, it would be quite the show.
There’s an array of advanced safety features in the 2020 Kia Soul. Features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision alert all make it into the 2020 model for additional security on the road. Don’t worry if the new stance gives the 2020 Kia Soul a bit of a meaner look. Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America.
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Like the 2019 Kia Niro EV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul EV took the stage. With Kia Motors expanding its alternative fuel vehicle lineup, like the Kia Niro, Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, and the upcoming Kia Telluride hybrid SUV, the Kia Soul EV is due for a bit of a refresh. Before the 2018 LA Auto Show, several press conferences were held by automotive brands to show off what they have coming up, and the Soul EV is one of them. With a full press release sharing all the details, we can finally talk all about the new 2020 Kia Soul EV.
Battery and Performance
It would seem the 2020 Kia Soul EV is sharing some new technology with the 2019 Kia Niro EV. The new Soul EV now comes with a new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery hooked up to a new electric motor that can generate 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. Kia also stated that the Kia Soul EV can be charged at about 100 kW for a 50-percent charge up when using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge, standard equipment for the 2020 Kia Soul EV.
The internet has been filling with updates about the new Kia Niro and its electric vehicle (EV) counterpart since early 2018. Now that we’re heading towards the end of the year and into 2019, automakers are using the last of auto shows to make some noise for their 2019 model year vehicles and even 2020 models. Kia Motors is one automaker using the hype train to their advantage, debuting the 2020 Kia Forte GT and Kia Telluride at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia appeared again, this time with the reveal of the 2020 Kia Soul and the Kia Soul EV. Also sharing the limelight during the auto show in LA was the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV, finally with some solid specs.
Called the “Kia Niro EV” in the states, and the “e-Niro” overseas, the Niro EV was already up and coming with its own style and tech a part form its hybrid crossover parent, the original Niro. Many automakers tend to hold a press conference the week of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Kia Motors did not slouch. An entire press release covering the conference reveals a world of possibilities for electric vehicles.
Powertrain and Battery
Information on the powertrain was previously minimal, mainly known as two options – an optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles or a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack for travelling 280 miles. The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show press conference brought us a little more information. The liquid-cooled 64 kWh lithium ion polymer battery is packaged under the floor of the vehicle, and via an electric motor, the Niro EV can generate 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.
Isn’t it a little odd we haven’t heard anything about the popular Kia Soul hatchback in awhile? Sure, the Kia Soul has the best of everything, and when it comes to the “Coolest Cars Under $20K”, the Kia Soul makes the list. Maybe it’s because Kia Motors is focused on the new Kia GT Line, starting with the Kia Rio GT, Kia Forte GT, and eventually the Kia Optima GT and Kia Soul GT. The 2019 Kia Soul is out, but Kia Motors clearly has plans to already knock it off its pedestal, because the all-new 2020 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV are already set to debut during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Los Angeles Auto Show
Known as “The City of Angels”, Los Angeles is a large auto show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center every year. Endorsed by the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association, the LA Auto Show usually begins in late November/early December, and lasts for a little over a week. Last year, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL popped up in LA, so we wonder what we’ll see this year, including the new Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV.