2014 Kia Soul and Optima facelift announced for Frankfurt image

The Euro-spec version of the 2014 Kia Soul, along with the facelifted Optima, will be officially presented to the public on the 10th of September, during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The second generation of the Kia Soul has been unveiled back in March, during the New York Auto Show, and now the carmaker is ready to present the European version of the model, which will make its public debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The model in question is looking virtually identical to its over-seas twin, except for some minor changes in the headlights, the fog lights or the lower part of the bumper.

The engine lineup will include a 1.6 liter GDI with 130 HP (97 kW) and 160 Nm of torque (118 lb-ft), and a 2.0 liter GDI with 164 HP (122 kW) and 205 Nm of torque (151 lb-ft), in the United States, with gearbox choices such as the six-speed manual or the six-speed automatic. In Europe it remains unknown what engines Kia will use on the 2014 Soul.

Besides the new Kia Soul, the carmaker will also unveil the facelifted Optima. This is also aimed towards the European market, and it has been upgraded with a dynamic damper into the rear suspension cross member, which has improved the sound-proof. The model is also coming with some changes to its front and rear fascias, along with some engine tweaks.