Kia Motors America at the 2013 New York Auto Show

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 by

’s bandwagon at the 113th New York International Auto Show included the all-new Soul, the updated Optima and the turbocharged Forte (Cerato) Koup. All of these cars and their trims exhibit new and updated features, a few of which we share with you here.

The all-new Soul urban utility vehicle is perfect for any metropolis. Build on a chassis that is new, 29% stiffer, longer and wider, this vehicle is all set to become Kia Motors America’s most iconic people mover. There is now more passenger and cargo room with reduced NVH levels.


The all-new 2014 at New York

The all-new Soul will be available in three unique trim levels including the Base, Plus and Exclaim. These trims come out in the US in the 3rd quarter of 2013. Pricing and availability in the Middle East is yet not confirmed.

Here’s a quick comparison of their powertrains:

Trim LevelEngine DetailsTorqueTransmission
Base Soul1.6-liter GDI all-aluminum DOHC four-cylinder; 130 HP at 6300 rpm118 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpmSix-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic (optional)
Plus Soul2.0-liter NU power plant; 164 HP at 6200 rpm151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpmEither six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Exclaim Soul2.0-liter NU power plant; 164 HP at 6200 rpm151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpmExclusively six-speed automatic


Next in line for the Kia Motors America at the Big Apple was the updated version of its best-selling Optima mid-sized sedan. Kia sold 150,000 units of Optima last year proving its worldwide acclaim. The updated Optima is available in LX, EX, SX and SX-limited trims. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the more robust 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered exclusively to the SX.


The 2014 at New York

Each engine choice is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic® clutchless shifting. A new addition for the 2014 Optima, and exclusive to the sporty SX variant, is the Drive Mode Select (DMS).

There was also the all-new Forte (Cerato) Koup SX that for the first time featured a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 201 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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