Kia has unveiled the second-generation of its Soul EV at the 2018 LA Auto Show, which is set to boast more tech and improved performance.

The Soul will be unveiled with further powertrains in the future, but for now the manufacturer has just shown off the pure electric version of its quirky crossover.

The new model will boast an improved electric range over the outgoing version, and while Kia hasn’t given an official range for the model yet, it uses the same 64kW battery pack as Hyundai’s Kona Electric – so a real-world range of 250 miles is likely.

A powerful electric motor should make for some rather impressive performance figures – with the motor producing 201bhp and 395Nm of torque – 100Nm more than the current version.

Kia has also said that the driving dynamics are much-improved, thanks to new fully-independent rear suspension. A number of driving modes are offered, which change the efficiency of the Soul, and drivers can also adjust the regenerative braking, which helps to recoup range when braking. The regenerative braking can also adapt depending on the traffic in front, too.

While the exterior design is noticeably similar to the original Soul, the manufacturer has managed to update it, without losing any of the model’s charm.

The models features new front and rear bumpers as well as slimmer LED headlights, while new horseshoe-shaped lights appear at the rear. A full front grille insert and unique 17-inch alloy wheels will differentiate the electric Soul from the conventionally-powered model, which is yet to be unveiled.

The interior comes with all-new features, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen being the star of the show, as well as everything you would expect from a modern touchscreen – a reversing camera, smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth.

A host of new safety kit is also fitted to the new model – including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, to name but a few.

The Soul EV previews a new telematics system for the firm, which is mobile-operated. This can help with charging data, but also in terms of securing the car.

Two trim levels are set to be offered – one being a more luxurious ‘Designer Collection’ model, which will get two-tone paint finishes and features like a Harman-Kardon sound system.

Prices are specs for the UK Soul are yet to be announced, but will come ahead of the EV going on sale in the middle of 2019.

To search for used Soul EVs, please click here.

Ted Welford


November 29, 2018