The 2023 Kia Soul loses its turbocharged engine and X-Line trim.
2023 Kia Soul – Overview
Kia has been attempting to streamline the Soul portfolio for a few years now.
After eliminating the manual transmission from the base model last year, the optional 201-horsepower Turbo engine and the rugged-looking X-Line trim level are now being phased out simultaneously with the 2023 Soul’s facelift.
Here are the major highlights:
- Kia has redesigned the front and rear ends of the Soul for 2023.
- As a result, the Turbo model and the X-Line trim level are no longer available.
- The 2023 Soul will be available for purchase in late summer.
Some features were removed from some variants when Kia debuted the 2021 Soul.
Then the 2022MY showed up and took the manual gearbox away.
We’ve now reached the 2023MY, which also deletes specific stuff, the most powerful of which is the engine.
Since the Turbo variant is being phased out, customers will not place orders for the quirky hatchback with the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline engine with forced induction.
The Soul will only be available with the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, which produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque through an automated transmission to the front wheels.
The somewhat robust X-Line variant debuted with the vehicle’s third generation for the 2020MY will also be phased out in the 2023MY.
The Soul EV was initially slated for release in the United States before being postponed and canceled.
However, the 2023MY includes special surprises, so it’s not bad. The front grille and fog lights, for example, have been changed.
Kia is also giving the Soul new daytime running lights, turn signals, and other exterior changes.
In addition, customers can choose from 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels that have been newly developed.
Additional two-tone colors, such as Clear White and Surf Blue, debuted with the newest model year and can be coupled with a Black Fusion roof.
On the inside, not much has changed, but all trim levels get a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, except for the base LX.
In addition, the LX Technology Package, which includes 16-inch wheels and safety features including Blind Spot Collision Avoidance and Rear Cross Collision Avoidance, is new for 2023.
The GT-Line Technology Package, which includes a Harman Kardon sound system, heated front seats, an automatic parking brake, and an adjustable cargo floor, is also an option.
LED headlights and taillights and a cargo cover, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are included in the optional package.
In addition, it adds Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning capabilities to the safety features.
The following items, which were previously available as options, are now standard across the entire Kia Soul lineup for 2023, including the LX, S, EX, GT-Line, and GT-Line Tech:
Collision Avoidance Assist in the Forward Direction- Lane Following Assist & Lane Keeping Assist are two features that can help you stay on the right side of the road.
- Warning to Drivers:
- Notice of Lane Departure
- Assist with high-beams
- Occupant in the Back Seat Warning
Although the Soul hasn’t gotten much attention in recent years, Kia reminds us that sales will increase by about 5% in 2021 to over 75,000 vehicles.