Kia’s new Soul EV has been unveiled at the LA Auto Show, with the new model likely to offer a 300 mile range from its 64 kWh battery.
The new model shares the same electric powertrain and systems from the e-Niro, which provides 150 kW (204 hp) from the electric motor with CCS charging for the battery.
Considering the Soul EV is likely to be slightly smaller and lighter than the e-Niro, although range details have not been announced, we can expect a similar figure to that available from the latter model, which is around 300 miles on a single charge.
Likewise, 100 kW CCS charging is expected, while selectable brake energy recuperation levels and four drive modes – Eco+, Eco, Comfort, Sport – are confirmed.
Like the current Soul EV, the new model features a smoothed off grille, aerodynamic alloy wheels, and other elements designed to ease the airflow for increased efficiency. The charging port remains at the front of the car, an element also used by the e-Niro and Kia’s sister firm Hyundai, with its Kona Electric.
Like the exterior, the cabin has been given a significant redesign, with improved equipment levels and driver assist features. UK specifications will be announced closer to the car’s release next year.