Kia is presenting the new generation of its Soul SUV at the 2018 LA Auto Show held these days. The first for introduction is a pure electric version whose sales start next year.
The next 3rd-generation vehicle received exterior and interior updates and technical upgrades. In particular, its powertrain is an improved variant of the e-Niro’s high-end version.
Kia will unveil the standard petrol-powered Soul later this year.
The all-electric model looks more refined and mature now. Its front and rear ends are refreshed, though a familiar boxy profile and five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels remain.
Upper designs have become more aerodynamic and smoother. LED headlights changed. There is a unique blank-off radiator grille. The front bumper integrates a charging port.
The new 2020 Kia Soul EV is more powerful than the previous-gen model. It develops 204 hp and 400 Nm of torque. It got a lithium-ion battery pack of higher density (64 kWh now).
The 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time is expected to be less than that of the heavier e-Niro with its 7.8 seconds. Official range figures are not still claimed. It’ll likely reach the e-Niro’s 301 miles (484 km).
All trim levels of the Kia Soul EV will have a new completely independent rear suspension to better controllability and drive. Four driving modes are provided.
The car has been noticeably revised inside, especially its base equipment and technologies. It got a new 10.25-inch touchscreen as the standard, a rotary shifter is also new.
Apart from a full set of modern active driver assist functions, Kia added an ‘UVO’ telematics system for monitoring and controlling the vehicle’s states via a smartphone application.
Kia will release the Soul EV for the European market not earlier than in mid-2019.
The model showcased in Los Angeles is the version for North America.