First shown as a concept in 2006, the Soul was intended to showcase Kia design. But it made its debut before styling chief Peter Schreyer could influence its look, as he arrived at the company the same year.
So, while the two-box silhouette is similar to the outgoing car, the new Soul will feature some subtle tweaks to improve its proportions.
There’s a more bluff nose, with a larger version of the Schreyer ‘tiger nose’ grille and prominent Kia badge on the bonnet. This sits above a chunky front bumper, which features a trapezoidal inset aimed at making the car appear wider.
The blistered wheelarches of the old model have been toned down, while new rear lights and a wider rear bumper tidy up the car’s tail.
The new Soul should arrive in the UK in December, and will cost from around £13,000.