Completely redesigned for 2014, the iconic Soul now enters the 2015 model year with select enhancements focused on increasing the hot-selling urban utility vehicle’s fun factor.  The signature Soul design is instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh.  Honoring Soul owners’ fierce individualism, three unique trim levels remain available: Base, Plus and Exclaim. 

The 2015 Soul displays its own unique character through a blend of funky personality, fun-to-drive characteristics and premium interior amenities intended to set it apart from the pack.  A playful color palette, including Soul-exclusive colors such as Solar Yellow, Cloud White, Fathom Blue and Inferno Red pump up the dynamic equation that has made Soul such a dominate competitor in the “boxy” car segment. 

Enhancements to packaging for the Base model include a new UVO eServices Package.  UVO eServices is a free subscription telematics service available for 10 years/100,000 miles. For 2015, UVO eServices offers four new features: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score.  Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes®  or Google Play.  The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community, including Pandora®, iHeart Radio and Yelp®.  Many more new technologies for comfort and convenience are featured in the new UVO system, including Siri® “Eyes Free” and Local Search – powered by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest.  Sirius XM Travel Link, offering access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times, makes the Soul the perfect companion for those who live their lives on the road with family and friends.

Many of the UVO eServices functions are accessible through the owner’s Smartphone when equipped with the UVO eServices app which is available at no charge.  Also included with the package is a rear back-up camera display, auto on/off headlights and front fog lights. UVO eServices is standard on the Plus and Exclaim.

The Plus model is unchanged for the 2015 model year.

New for 2015 on the Exclaim model is an available interior Umber Color Package which is available with either the Fathom Blue or Cloud White exterior colors.  Included with the option package is premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and door armrest accents.  Outside, Gloss Black wheel inserts further set the Umber Color Package apart.

 Motivation for the Base Soul is delivered by a gasoline direct injection (GDI) 130-horsepower (at 6,300 rpm) 1.6-liter all-aluminum DOHC four-cylinder engine.  The GAMMA engine produces 118 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm.  The Plus and Exclaim models enjoy the more powerful 2.0-liter NU power plant with GDI technology.  Power is rated at 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,000 rpm.  The 1.6-liter engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The Plus and Exclaim models are available exclusively with the six-speed automatic gearbox.

Source: KIA

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