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  • Works ministry given six months to settle toll issue

    This one just won’t go to rest. The works ministry says it will submit proposals to the cabinet about the possibility of reducing toll rates – or abolishing collection – once discussions with highway concessionaires are completed, Bernama reports.

    According to works minister Baru Bian, the ministry has been given six months to hold discussions and settle the issue. “We are discussing to see if there are provisions allowing for a review of the concession agreement,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.

    “As of now, the concessionaires understand Pakatan Harapan’s direction and they are very open (to discussions). We will study if there is a space in the agreements that will allow us to review them, and we will act accordingly,” he explained.

    He said toll collection on all tolled highways in the country has more than doubled the cost it took to build them, as The Sun reports. He said there were currently 29 tolled expressways still operating nationwide, and these cost RM35.14 billion to construct, with a further RM2.5 billion spent on operational and maintenance cost on them each year. However, the concessionaires have collected RM74.65 billion since toll collection began, up to 2017.

    “The government has also paid compensation worth RM5.11 billion between 1990 and 2017,” he said. Baru stated that of the 29 concession agreements, two were scheduled to end in the next 10 years, 16 were set to end between 11 and 20 years, and the remaining 11 scheduled to end over 20 years.

    Last month, Baru reiterated that there would be no abolishment of tolled roads until the country’s finances have recovered, but said that the government was looking at ways to ease the burden on motorists’ wallets. Proposed measures include lowering the toll rates, granting percentage discounts during off-peak hours and not raising toll rates in the next two to three years.

     
  • AD: Toyota Harrier now with immediate availability – book now to win holiday package and Toyota Sienta!

    It’s safe to say that the Toyota Harrier has been a rousing success, with over 500 units delivered to customers since its launch in January. However, such has been the overwhelming demand that the number of outstanding orders has been higher still, resulting in waiting periods of up to 12 months.

    Now, UMW Toyota Motor has secured an increased supply of the popular SUV from Japan, and with more stock at hand, you can expect a shorter waiting line – so now’s your time to book! The Harrier continues to be available in Premium and Luxury variants, priced from RM243,000 on-the-road without insurance.

    No matter which version you go for, you’ll get the latest-generation 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with D-4S direct injection and Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide (VVT-iW), blending high output with low fuel consumption.

    What’s more, all models get the full Toyota Safety Sense package, incorporating various active safety systems such as Pre-collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert. Other safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Emergency Stop Signal, Electric Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold and a reverse camera.

    Style is important, so the Harrier comes with LED headlights, daytime running lights, cornering lights, fog lights and rear combination lights. The headlights feature Adaptive High Beam technology to ensure optimum visibility of the road ahead without dazzling and inconveniencing other drivers. Also fitted are sequential turn signals that displays the driver’s intention to turn left or right.

    The Harrier is available in four colours – Dark Blue Mica Metallic, White Pearl, Sparkling Black Pearl and Silver Metallic. Buyers can expect total peace of mind with five years of unlimited mileage warranty as well as the added assurance of genuine spare parts used at all Toyota dealerships across Malaysia. You’ll also enjoy a five-year free maintenance package while stocks last.

    Last but not least, customers who book their Toyota Harrier from now until the end of the year have one more treat in store in the form of Toyota’s Year End Bonanza, where they’ll stand a chance to win a holiday package as well as a brand new Toyota Sienta compact MPV! Visit the official Toyota Malaysia website for more details on the Toyota Harrier and click here to book a test drive.

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  • 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan – US vs China spec design

    What do you think of the new Toyota Corolla sedan? Striking isn’t it? Today’s simultaneous launch in the US and China revealed different masks for each major market. In China’s case, there are two looks – one for the Toyota Corolla and another for the Toyota Levin. Let’s compare the different looks.

    Like other major foreign brands in China, Toyota has two local joint ventures – GAC Toyota and FAW Toyota – and each has their own version of the Corolla. GAC Toyota’s is called Levin, and as with the outgoing car, the new Levin is sportier in appearance compared to FAW Toyota’s version, which is simply called Corolla. The former’s looks goes well with its more evocative name.

    The Levin’s face is similar in style, but not identical to the aggressive mug of the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports wagon that were revealed earlier this year. It’s made up of slim headlamps with long vertical “fangs” at the sides, and a huge lower grille with honeycomb mesh and fog lamps at the lower ends.

    L-R: China-market Levin, global Corolla Hatchback; click to enlarge

    Now that your eyes are there, note that the lower ends of the mouth don’t fold back in sharply on the Levin, and it doesn’t get the hatchback’s “floating” body-coloured chin either.

    Upon closer inspection, the Levin’s grille also loses out on the V-shape trim surrounding the Toyota logo – it’s just mesh here. The area to the side of the hatchback’s “mouth” is empty, but there’s a small notch mimicking an intake on the Levin – seen head-on, the latter further emphasises width versus the hatch.

    Meanwhile, the China-market Corolla is less overtly sporty than the Levin, and it takes more of a mini-Camry look – however, that’s not to say that it’s “uncle”, because the latest “Beautiful Monster” looks very aggressive. The headlamps are completely different from the Levin’s – they’re shorter but cut sharper, and there’s interplay with the chrome “wings” of the Toyota logo, which travels deep into the clusters.

    L-R: China-market Corolla and Levin; click to enlarge

    While the mouth is also huge, the extra room between the upper and lower grilles is apparent. Unique to the Corolla are vertical vent-like strips at the extreme ends of the face, which also double up as “holders” for the fog lamps. There’s chrome trim here to match the above-mentioned wings, and the lower grille is filled with horizontal slats in dark chrome.

    A defining cue at the rear end is the bridge between the tail lamp clusters. On the Levin, the gloss black trim connects the top of the lights, while on the Corolla, it’s a chrome garnish that “supports” the bottom. The sportier sister gets a big gloss black area on the lower bumper, punctuated by a body-coloured strip.

    The US-market Corolla is something else altogether. We’re used to seeing North American Toyotas looking sportier than what the rest of the world gets, but this is unprecedented aggression for a 2.0 litre C-segment family sedan. Never mind that there’s just 169 hp under the hood, it looks like an absolute beast.

    US-market Toyota Corolla XSE

    While the headlamps with those distinctive triple curve LED daytime running lights are as per the hatchback, the slim grille that bridges the eyes does not house the Toyota logo here. Instead, the emblem sits above the grille on a body-coloured island. Without the T-badge, the slim grille becomes visually separated from the lower grille.

    The bumper is also unique to the sportiest US-market sedan. While the hatchback and Levin have fog lamps within the “mouth”, the US sedan sports side air-intake style extensions to the mouth (all fake, of course), and they house horizontal LED fog lamp strips. There’s a full-length body-coloured chin spoiler as well.

    At the back, the most extrovert 12th-gen Corolla features a slim bootlid spoiler and a large black honeycomb section on the bumper. Within the latter, there’s a body-coloured “diffuser” with four fins to match those on the front chin. It’s also the only sedan variation with exposed exhaust tips – there are two on one side.

    There you have it, the one car, three looks of the all-new 12th generation Toyota Corolla sedan. Which will we be getting as the Toyota Corolla Altis for ASEAN?

    Car guys might like the hyper-aggressive USDM look, but a Corolla needs to appeal to a wide segment of buyers, and that mask is too anti-social. Our money is on something similar to the Chinese market Corolla, which balances “high-end” with “aggressive” pretty well, despite officially bearing the “Prestige model” name. The “Sporty model” look of the Levin would be a good option to have, but options are for big markets.

    For figures and full details, check out our earlier report. What do you think of the new Corolla? Based on looks and that nice minimalist interior alone, this or the Honda Civic?

    GALLERY: 2019 Toyota Corolla/Levin, China-spec

    GALLERY: 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, US version

     
  • Proton X70 gets 5 star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating; new SUV to make public debut at KLIMS 2018

    The Proton X70 has been awarded the full five star rating by ASEAN NCAP in the latest crash safety test. What’s more impressive is that the C-segment SUV – a MY2018 Executive example – sits near the top of its segment for occupant safety.

    Proton credits this achievement to its Hot Press Forming (HPF) technology for body structures, which provides a high level of protection for passengers. The combination of six airbags (standard for all variants), Isofix child mounts and seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters help the X70 achieve a perfect score for the side impact and head protection tests.

    Also, the X70 was tested based on the latest 2017-2020 testing protocol, which takes into account the vehicle’s safety assist technology and carries a scoring weightage of 25%. As you would know by now, the Geely Boyue-based SUV is the first Proton model to be offered with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot information system. Click here for the full list of specs of the X70.

    To compare, the X70 scored a total of 35.27 points in the adult occupant protection, ahead of the 2017 Honda CR-V 2.4 (34.02) and 2018 Toyota Rush (31.14). Both the X70 and CR-V scored the full 16 points for side impact protection, but the Proton fared better than the Honda in the frontal impact (15.27 points vs 14.76) and head protection (4.00 vs 3.26) tests. You may find the full crash test report of the X70 below.

    Conversely, among the three, the X70 scored the lowest in the overall child occupant protection, with a score of 40.78. The 2018 Toyota Rush scored 41.81, and the CR-V was awarded a score of 44.76.

    Proton Edar’s CEO, Abdul Rashid Musa said: “Thanks to the diligent effort of Proton’s designers and engineers, the company has managed to extend its reputation for building cars capable of protecting their occupants in the event of an accident.” Other Proton models to be awarded five stars by ASEAN NCAP are the Iriz, Persona, Preve and Suprima S.

    “Aside from the advanced driver assistance system that is making its debut on a Proton model, the Proton X70 is also fitted with various convenience features such as voice command, adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beam control and a 360 camera for safe manoeuvring in tight spaces,” he added.

    Moving on, the X70 will be making its first ever public debut at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018), which is set to kick off next week from November 23 to December 2. Five units of the SUV will be displayed at Proton’s booth (Level 1, Hall 1), so be sure to go up close and personal with Proton’s latest and greatest.

    “Proton is now ready for our SUV to meet the Malaysian public, Visitors to KLIMS will be given full access to our show cars and we encourage everyone to explore the various design, technology, safety and performance aspects of the Proton X70 by spending some time at our interactive areas to get to know it better,” Abdul Rashid said.

    “There are a lot of technological and specification firsts for Proton with this model, so we want to make sure all our customers are able to fully appreciate what we hope will be a game changer for the company.”

     
  • Honda reveals CB125X and CB125M concept bikes

    CB125M and CB125X Concepts

    Flying somewhat under the radar at the recent EICMA show in Milan, Italy was the public showing of the Honda CB125X and CB125M concept bikes. This pair of sub-250 cc motorcycles are the product of Honda’s research and development centre in Rome, using the 2018 Honda CB125R as the base.

    With the European 125 cc motorcycle market seeing a 25% increase in sales this year, it makes sense that Honda will want to cover every customer need when it comes to model variants. This means we can expect to see a more production oriented CB125X adventure bike and CB125M motard style bikes soon, possibly next year in 2019.

    Honda makes no bones about targeting the youth market with this duo, notably in the area of styling. The motard styled CB125M comes in brilliant red with a slit of an LED headlight giving the bike a minimalist look.

    The CB125X is much taller, being an adventure bike styled after the CRF1000L Africa Twin and comes with a three LED light setup in front – a headlight flanked by two riding lights inside the fairing. Clad in white, Honda says the CB125X is meant to evoke a science-fiction feel.

    Both the Honda CB125X and Honda CB125M were shown in the Design Studio area of its stand in EICMA and feature custom-built SC Project exhausts. The CB125X and CB125M are the brain child of project leader Valerio Aiello and his team, who penned the bikes’ avant-garde looks.

     
  • Subaru XV to get plug-in hybrid tech – 41 km e-range?

    Subaru has revealed that it will adopt plug-in hybrid technology next year, and first in line to receive it will be the XV Hybrid. Apparently, new government documents from the USA indicates that the XV PHEV should offer over 40 km of pure electric range, reports CarAdvice.

    The filing, which was sourced from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), rates the Subaru XV Hybrid’s (or Crosstrek Hybrid, as it’s known in the US) all-electric range at 25.65 miles (41.28 km).

    As for the electrification tech, Autoblog states that the XV Hybrid will share the same system as the Toyota Prius Prime PHEV. However, instead of using the Prius’ 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle VVT-i engine, the XV Hybrid will still use the 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated boxer engine and AWD. Unfortunately, not much of the plug-in system is known for now.

    Comparatively, the Prius Prime boasts an EPA-estimated electric range of 40 km thanks to an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It’s unclear if the XV Hybrid will share the same battery pack, but no reports seem to suggest otherwise. The new Subaru XV Hybrid is expected to be revealed in Crosstrek form by the end of the year, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.

    Meanwhile, Subaru recently announced the XV e-Boxer for the Japanese market. It features the FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated, direct-injected flat-four petrol engine that makes 145 PS at 6,000 rpm and 188 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a Lineartronic CVT that features an integrated 13.6 PS/65 Nm electric motor, with power channeled to all four wheels through the brand’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system.

    The electric motor draws power from a 4.8 Ah lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor, which warrants a smaller fuel tank that holds 48 litres rather than 63 litres in non-hybrid variants of the XV. It is also the heaviest XV in the line-up (for the Japan market) at 1,825 kg (gross weight).

    GALLERY: Subaru XV e-Boxer

     
  • DAMD offers G-Class, Defender kits for Suzuki Jimny

    If you’re among the few to think that the new Suzuki Jimny looks like a shrunken Mercedes-Benz G-Class, then things are about to get more interesting. Japanese aftermarket tuning company DAMD Inc has released two conversion kits called “Little G” and “Little D,” which turn the funky Jimny into either a G-Wagen or a Land Rover Defender.

    Both body kits are quite elaborate – the Little G kit completely transforms the Jimny into a rugged-looking thing, complete with a new headlights housing, vertical LED turn signals, AMG-style twin-louvre grille with the company logo, new bumpers all around and a black strip that runs along the character line.

    Of course, there are also new side steps, remoulded wheel arches (squared off to look like the G-Class), side-exit exhausts and new twin-eight spoke dark alloy wheels. The rear end is largely untouched, although the spare wheel cover gets a new design, complete with DAMD Inc’s company logo. The Suzuki Jimny badges however, have been removed.

    If you’re not a fan of Little G, perhaps Little D will tickle your fancy. It’s very much the same recipe and looks – depending on your preference – more subdued than the Little G. Up front, the bonnet edge features the LITTLE:D lettering (as opposed to Defender on the real thing), new radiator grille and positioning lights, a rugged bumper guard with integrated fog lamps, as well as skid plates.

    The fender mouldings are left as is, but the rump gets a more extensive redesign. The original tail lights have been swapped out for individual bulb units (for brake, turn signal and reverse). Of course, the front and rear apron come with rivets, which is a clear nod to the Defender.

    Lastly, the Little D package comes with model-specific dark alloy wheels with off-road tyres, dark grey paintwork and mud flaps. What do you think, folks? Impressive, isn’t it?

     
  • G20 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid detailed – 252 hp, 41 hp XtraBoost feature, 1.7 l/100 km, 60 km electric range

    Just over a month after the unveiling of the new G20 BMW 3 Series, Munich has released details on the plug-in hybrid version, the 330e. The new petrol-electric variant gets various improvements to performance and efficiency, on top of all the new features of the standard model.

    Continuing to provide motivation is a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, again producing 184 hp – the same as a 320i. The electric motor, integrated into the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, produces a constant 50 kW (68 hp) but, more importantly, generates peak output of 80 kW (109 hp).

    All in all, the powertrain develops a total system output of 252 hp and 420 Nm of torque. That’s the same as the outgoing model, but for the first time there’s now an XtraBoost feature that delivers an extra 30 kW (41 hp) of accelerative boost. This brings the total amount of available power up to 292 hp, accessible via the Sport driving mode, under kickdown and in the gearbox’s sport and manual modes.

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    Performance figures include a zero-to-100 km/h sprint time of 6.0 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than before) and a top speed of 230 km/h (up 5 km/h). Meanwhile, the car delivers a fuel consumption figure of 1.7 litres per 100 km and carbon dioxide emissions amounting to just 39 grams per kilometre – numbers that are down by more than 10% over the outgoing model.

    Juicing the electric motor is a 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for nearly double the pure electric range, at 60 km. It will also travel in this mode at speeds of up to 140 km/h – 20 km/h up on before. The battery sits under the rear seats, reducing boot space from 480 litres to 375 litres, though you can increase the amount of cargo you can carry by folding the 40:20:40-split rear seats.

    As usual, the 330e comes with virtually all the options of the standard 3 Series. Available in standard, Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport trim levels, it is offered with features such as adaptive M suspension, Variable Sports Steering, an M sports braking system, Driving Assistant Professional with steering and lane guidance, and Parking Assistant with the new Reversing Assistant feature.

    Features unique to the 330e are the standard interior pre-heating and air-con pre-conditioning as well as new digital services to be prepared in time for the car’s market launch in the summer. These include the suggestion of nearby hotels, restaurants, cafes and other attractions when selecting a charging stations, information on station availability and station occupancy forecasting, and the reservation of selected stations.

     
  • 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan – 12th-gen makes its debut

    The wraps have officially come off the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan. The twelfth-generation C-segment model has made its global debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show alongside a China-only Levin version, with the US version also being announced simultaneously.

    Underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, the Corolla has been unified globally for this generation. The China Corolla measures in at 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, making it 10 mm longer, five mm wider and 45 mm lower than the old car. The wheelbase remains at 2,700 mm long.

    The sedan’s exterior design is based along ‘shooting robust’ lines, which the automaker says presents a sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than its predecessor. Front overhang has been shortened, while that for the rear has been increased. Aside from the lowered ride height, the engine is also mounted lower, resulting in the bonnet height being reduced by 3.5 cm to improve forward visibility.

    Toyota Corolla sedan, US version.

    On the US version, the front end presentation varies by model grade, with the sportiest faces incorporating a body-coloured chin spoiler and aero-stabilising fins. Front headlights are of the bi-beam LED variety, and LED rear lamps are standard across the model range, the type and style again varying by model grade, with sporty grades featuring smoked outer light lenses. An adaptive front-lighting system (AFS) is also on the list.

    The interior design, meanwhile, showcases elements drawn from a ‘sensuous minimalism’ concept, offering a clean, sleek and refined look. Inside, the automaker says that the cabin materials and elements in the new Corolla have been carefully selected for consistency and their aesthetic quality, with high-gloss materials paired with matte elements to accentuate a premium look and feel.

    Interior colour schemes include several two-tone accents, with choices being a black/blue combination (black, with blue highlights) as well as Moonstone (light grey, with dark grey highlights) and Macadamia, a cream shade.

    Gaps have also been minimised between buttons and switches to offer a tauter look, and the instrument panel has been lowered. Along with a reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer A-pillars and repositioned side view mirrors, these changes have improved outward visibility and created a much airier cabin.

    Seating has also been revised. Aside from a configuration that lowers the driver’s hip point and shifts it rearward, sportier versions get a new front seat design featuring a unique shape, with broad shoulder supports and a headrest nestling into the shoulder area, while seat material on higher grades feature the use of SofTex synthetic leather.

    The air-conditioning system has also been redesigned to be more efficient and effective. Highlights include an innovative twin-layer recirculation/fresh air induction unit, which in colder climates will automatically send dehumidified fresh air to the upper cabin to reduce glass fogging while promoting recirculation of warm cabin air in lower areas of the cabin.

    The new car is also quieter, the reduction in NVH achieved through increased use of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams and silencers. The TNGA structure also features additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air-sealing performance.

    As standard, the Corolla sedan comes equipped with a 4.2-inch thin film transistor (TFT) multi-info display (MID) in the instrument cluster, though there’s a larger seven-inch MID available as an option. As for the central unit, this is a high-resolution eight-inch multimedia touchscreen for higher spec models, with the baseline unit a seven-inch touchscreen. Also available is a 10-inch head-up display.

    On the US Corolla sedan, a six-speaker audio system is standard fit, with a 800 watt JBL nine-speaker available on higher-spec models. There’s Qi wireless device charging available as an option, and there’s no shortage of connected services for the Corolla, varying only in their availability depending on the market.

    In the US, items on the list will include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice service compatibility and Wi-Fi Connect. In China, the new models will come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected, and European customers will get relevant services for the region.

    A number of powertrain options will be available for the Corolla sedan globally, including the automaker’s new 2.0 litre Dynamic Force Engine, the M20A-FKS. The US will get the new mill, which offers 169 hp at 6,600 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 4,800, along with the 2ZR-FAE 1.8 litre unit carried over from before, but with performance improvements.

    Europe, meanwhile, will get two powertrain options – a 130 hp 1.6 litre petrol mill and a 1.8 litre self-charging hybrid system, which offers 121 hp. Hybrids are set to feature strongly, with the automaker saying that hybrid models will be newly introduced in more than 90 markets globally.

    Available transmissions are a new Direct-Shift CVT equipped with a simulated 10-speed sequential shiftmatic and an all-new six-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission), the latter featuring downshift rev-matching control and the promise of improved shift feel, which should no doubt delight those into sticks.

    Mechanical upgrades over the previous iteration include a switch from a torsion beam setup in the rear suspension to a multi-link configuration. The front MacPherson strut layout has also been totally revised for this platform, and the Corolla also gets newly-developed shock absorbers, all aimed at improving ride and handling aspects.

    Standard safety kit – on the US-spec Corolla – includes eight airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, EBD and brake assist. The American Corolla sedan will also come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 fitted as standard. Kit on this one includes a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane departure alert with steer assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist.

    The initial line up will present the car in Sporty and Prestige forms. The Sporty model, which features a keener, energetic look, will be sold in North America, China (as the Levin), Japan and other countries/regions, while the Prestige model – which offers a high-end appearance – will make its way to Europe and China (as the Corolla) on top of selected countries. Wheel sizes offered for the car will range from 16- to 18-inch units.

    Sales in the United States and Europe are set to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and the Corolla sedan will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries, including China, after mid-2019. In Japan, sales of the new sedan and wagon models are slated for sometime within 2019.

    GALLERY: 2019 Toyota Corolla/Levin sedan, China version

    GALLERY: 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, US version

     
  • New Kia Soul – second teaser shows front, headlamps

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    As expected, yesterday was just part one of the new Kia Soul’s teaser campaign, which will culminate in a world debut at the LA Auto Show at the end of this month. We saw the crossover’s C-pillars yesterday, now here’s a glimpse of its front end in an image released by the Hyundai Motor Group.

    We see a two-tone exterior – a white body topped by a red roof and matching wing mirror caps. Blacked out A-pillars too, like the outgoing car. Expect a broad range of body-roof colour combos, including monotone, which was hinted at yesterday.

    The Soul’s headlamps started off really big in the first generation, before slimming down to normal sized items in the outgoing PS. Further gym work will reduce the eyes of the Soul to a very slim strip, connected by an even thinner “grille”, if u can call it that.

    Are those just the LED daytime running lights? Are there big, actual headlamps below? If the answer is yes, the Soul will have quite a unique face for a Kia, as that two-tier layout is more of a Hyundai SUV thing, as seen on the new Santa Fe and compact Kona. However, spyshots suggest that those are indeed the LED headlamps and air intakes reside below. We’ll see.

    Also seen here is the upright windscreen, which is part of the Soul’s signature shape. The Korean carmaker says that the Soul, an “undeniable automotive icon”, will be instantly recognisable (evolving an iconic and/or popular design is the right way to go) and will come to market with “awesome versatility for everyone.” Drivetrain choices will include turbocharged petrol units and an electric option.

    The latter, the new Soul EV, will be available in select retailers in select markets with limited availability, Kia says. The rest of the Soul range is set to go on sale next year in North America.

    GALLERY: Spyshots of 2020 Kia Soul EV

     
 

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