Kia Motors America, Inc. (KMA) has announced pricing for the 2012 Soul will begin at $13,900 MSRP.

Kia says that the 2012 Soul equipped with a new 2.0-litre engine will deliver 164 horsepower (an increase of 22 horsepower over the previous model year), while the new 1.6-litre engine offers 138 horsepower (an increase of 16 horsepower). Kia also claims that the use of fuel-saving and emissions reducing gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology means that the 1.6-litre engine delivers up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway (up 4 on the previous generation).

The new Soul will also offer Kia’s new Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology.

Available in three trims – Soul, Soul+ (plus) and Soul! – the 2012 Soul’s exterior design has been updated with ‘subtle’ changes to the front and rear fascias to project a wider stance, while new headlamps, tail-lights, side mirrors and wheels project a more modern look, Kia says. 

Other improvements include ‘redesigned and upgraded interiors, significantly better noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction qualities, a more refined ride and many new standard features, including a tilt and telescoping steering column, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)’.

The facelifted Soul will be shown at Frankfurt next month.