New Kia Soul EV debuts at LA motor show

Third generation of Kia's boxy crossover will be electric-only when it arrives next year

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Kia has revealed its new Soul EV at the LA Auto Show, replacing the model that has been on sale since 2014.

The all-electric crossover is set to produce 204hp (150kW) through its single electric motor and will have a 64kWh battery, which should give it a significant range.

The exact distance it can cover on a single charge has yet to be disclosed, with testing still being carried out before the official figure is published early in 2019.

The larger Kia e-Niro, which was launched at the Paris motor show last month, has a claimed range of 301 miles, so the Soul EV will likely match or surpass that figure.

Unlike previous generations of the Kia Soul, the new model won’t be sold in Europe with a regular petrol motor.

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The Soul’s signature boxy styling continues

Evolved styling cues ensure that the third-generation Soul is distinct from its predecessor. The model’s trademark boxy look has been retained, though, albeit with updated front and rear light designs. The 17-inch wheels on the Soul EV are designed to reduce drag and increase efficiency.

The car features a smart regenerative braking system, operated by paddle shifters behind its steering wheel. The system will allow drivers to slow the car down while making use of the kinetic energy that comes from braking to gently recharge the battery, giving extra range.

Inside, a ten-inch touchscreen comes as standard. This display supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and also features integrated voice recognition technology. A full range of driving assistance systems will also add to the car’s tech prowess.

Full specifications and pricing for the Soul EV will be released in 2019, and while the car is set to become available in the first half of next year in continental Europe, it will come to the UK market a few months later.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


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