New Kia Soul EV revealed at LA motor show

Kia has revealed the latest version of its Soul EV crossover at the Los Angeles motor show ahead of its UK debut next year. An on-sale date, prices and specifications have not been revealed at this stage.

The Korean car maker said the new model has a significantly improved battery compared with outgoing model. The new unit has been taken from its e-Niro model and consists of a 64Kw electric motor that’s good for 301 miles between charges in the e-Niro and produces 204hp.

Range figures have not been confirmed yet as Kia said it is still being tested, but expect the Soul EV to match or better the e-Niro’s range figure.

Kia Soul EV2The new Soul EV has been built on the same platform as the previous generation model, however, its design has been updated. Changes include a restyled front and rear bumper, while there is a solid insert in place of the grille with a door housing the charging socket.

Inside, the Soul EV’s infotainment system is based on a 10-inch colour touchscreen with rear-view monitor and parking guidance. Also fitted is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth wireless connectivity with voice recognition.

A telematics system is also fitted as standard to the model.  It provides drivers with access to notifications of battery and charging status, real-time charging station updates and scheduled charging functionality while Panic notifications enable the vehicle to send an alert to the server if the panic alarm is triggered, dialling emergency services and providing the car’s position via GPS, while it can also open a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with vehicle occupants.