The new 2014 Kia Soul, which made its debut at the New York motor show earlier this year, will be shown in European specification for the first time at the Frankfurt show next month.

There will be a choice of 11 exterior colours, plus the option of either a black, white or red roof.

A Styling Pack will also be available, and will be on display at Frankfurt.  It features piano black bumper trim, side skirts, wheel arch extensions and a black roof.

The new model will feature a range of goodies, depending on model, including LED daytime running lights, rear LED ‘halo’ lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry, climate control, cruise control, ventilated front seats, and panoramic glass sunroof.

The new Soul is based on the same platform as the Cee’d, and is said to offer greatly improved ride and handling in comparison to the old model.

The bodyshell is 29% stiffer and features additional soundproofing, with the promise of reducing interior noise levels.

The new model is slightly larger than the previous model, with a longer wheelbase and wider track leading to increased head, leg and shoulder room for all passengers.  Cargo space has increased, too, up to 354 litres with the rear seats in place.

The choice of engines carries over from the outgoing model, namely 1.6-litre GDi petrol and CRDi diesel engines, with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The new Kia Soul is set to go on sale across Europe in early 2014.