Kia unveils the new soul on the show in Los Angeles in 2018.e Even more original is the generation with two-stage headlights, taillights that completely surround the bezel, and very eye-catching colors, such as this neon green (photo) on the 100% electric version of the soul, This Soul EV will be the only one crossing the Atlantic to reach the European continent. The 2.0 petrol engine with 147 hp and 1.6 turbo with 200 hp are proposed only in the US.
"In Europe, the new Soul will only be available in electric version …"
Since Soul EV will be the only version proposed in Europe, let's focus on that. Compared to the classic version, it has some specific style elements: closed grille, tailgate under the left headlamp, exclusive 17-inch wheels and no exhaust on the rear bumper.
The interior is in contrast to the exterior
When the outside of Kia Soul shines with its atypical style, The interior is much stricterdespite some originality on the doors and speakers. If the touchscreen is a good size (10.25 inches), its integration into the center console is not very successful.
Fortunately, the new Soul EV gets in the chapter "High Tech" with the presence of many equipment : Charger for wireless phone (induction), multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as special functions such as recharge programming, battery status and charging points on the route.
Korean does not read about it either Driver assistance systems, It has, for example, an adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, assistance with maintenance in the lane or the warning in the event of collisions with automatic emergency braking.
The same engine as the Kia e-Niro
Under the hood, the new Soul EV has the same electric motor as the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric. It is a synchronous permanent magnet motor that develops 150 kW (equivalent to 204 hp) and is driven by a 64 kWh battery, The current Soul EV has an electric motor of 81.4 kW (110 hp) and a battery of only 30 kWh, which allows a range of only 250 km in the NEDC cycle. Kia announces no autonomy on the new model (it is still homologation). It should logically be similar to that of Kona EV (482 km).
Soon in France
The new Soul 100% electric will arrive at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 in Europe next spring. The marketing on the French market is planned for the year 2005 second quarter,