The new Soul echoes the high-riding, upright stance and squared shoulders of the outgoing model
Second-generation Kia Soul will go on sale in Europe next spring
Kia claims the new Soul is more refined and has better driving dynamics
The new Soul is based on the same platform as the Kia Cee'd
The European-specification second-generation Kia Soul has been revealed at today's Frankfurt motor show.
The new Soul, which is based on the same platform as the latest Kia Cee'd, is scheduled to go on sale next Spring. It originally broke cover at the New York motor show back in March.
Inspired by the two-seat Kia Track'ster concept displayed at the Chicago motor show in 2012, the new Soul echoes the high-riding, upright stance and squared shoulders of the outgoing model.
The first-generation Soul has been a huge sales success in North America, so it is little surprise that Kia hasn't radically altered the styling.
Under the skin, the use of the Kia Cee'd underpinnings is intended to give the new version better ride and handling, as well as more refined on-road behaviour due to upgraded suspension and a 29 per cent stiffer body shell.
Compared to the outgoing car, interior noise levels are reduced by approximately three decibels.
The new Kia Soul is subtly larger than the Mk1 car, and features a longer wheelbase and wider track that contributes to a greater cabin space and cargo capacity.
Leg, head and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while the cargo area is increased from the current car's 340 litres to 354 litres with the rear seats upright.
The new Soul will be offered with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model, and feature improved efficiency and lower emissions.
The new Soul also features an all-new interior, with less hard plastics on show and a more driver-focused design.