Globally, the Soul is selling with petrol and electric power trains. As of now, there is no clarity whether the carmaker will bring in its ICE version or electric iteration. Just so you know, the company showcased the Soul Electric Hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Kia Soul Next-Level Versatility.
The Soul is the South Korean brand’s first and only model sold with an all-electric version in the U.S., albeit in very small quantities. The Kia Soul EV returns for the 2020 model year with more than 200 miles of battery-powered driving range.
The Kia Soul is offered with the 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol and 2.0 liter naturally aspirated petrol engines making 198 bhp and 145 bhp respectively.
The turbo motor comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The naturally aspires unit can have either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission.
The hatchback’s electric model has packed with a 64kWh battery and an electric motor (204PS/395Nm). It claims to offer an electric range of 450km on a single charge. The Soul EV can do 0 to 100kmph in 7.6 seconds and attain a top speed of 170kmph. Its battery can fully charge in 9.5 hours via an AC charger and in an hour via a DC charger. The Kia Soul EV comes with 4 driving modes, namely, Eco, Eco+, Comfort, and Sport.
What’s inside Counts?
The premium hatchback has dual-tone black and beige interior theme. On the feature front, the Should offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone app connectivity, an 8-inch head-up display, a fully-digital instrument console, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 8-way power front seats, leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate control, and more.
The Kia Soul carries a tall stance with a pronounced lower grille, thin LED headlamps with narrow DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels, and wraparound boomerang-shaped tail lamps.
The overall length of the global-spec Soul premium hatchback measures 4195mm. It would be difficult for the carmaker to achieve competitive pricing if it will be brought via a CKD route.
Soul features an Iso-Structure composed of advanced high-strength steel for excellent rigidity, and our manufacturing techniques further reinforce body integrity. Plus, active safety features like the Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) help maintain control in a variety of challenging driving situations