Kia confirms for IAA new European Soul and facelifted Optima image

During the Frankfurt Motors Show next month, two of the highlights for the Korean automaker will be the new Soul with European specs and the refreshed Optima.

After its unveiling in March at the New York International Auto Show in the U.S.-spec version, Kia is ready to show us the European variant. It looks virtually unchanged, save for some minor changes in the headlight design, fog light surrounds and the lower part of the front bumper. We can also see the European version has black wheel arches whereas the ones on the North American version are body-colored.

Engine variants have not been revealed for the European market, but we can be sure some of the U.S. ones will be carried over, with the 1.6-liter GDI, 130 hp and 118 lb-ft/160 Nm the safest bet.

Kia promises the Euro-spec 2014 Optima road noise has been reduced by 3.3 dB after installing a dynamic damper into the rear suspension cross member. They also implemented a new battery management system to lower CO2 emissions, which will start from 133 g/km for the standard 1.7-liter diesel model. The ISG-equipped Optima will have CO2 emissions of 128 g/km.