Kia has pulled the covers off its new Soul, in all-electric EV form, at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show. Alongside an updated design and new technology, it borrows a significantly uprated powertrain from the e-Niro crossover.
Shown in EV form before the standard (and not for Europe) petrol models are revealed later this year, the new Soul’s exterior design is an evolutionary step on from the old car. The familiar boxy profile remains, but new front and rear-end designs, with fresh lighting signatures at both ends, mark out the Mk3 Soul.
Unique features to the EV version include smoother and more aerodynamic upper designs, a blanked-off grille and LED headlamps with an altered look. As with the old car, it also receives unique five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels used for the aerodynamic properties, while the charging port has been integrated into the Soul’s front bumper.
The Soul EV borrows its electric motor and battery pack from the top-spec variant of the larger e-Niro. That means a power output of 201bhp and 295lb ft of torque, which is 81lb ft more than the outgoing Soul EV. Performance figure have yet to be revealed, but expect the lighter Soul EV to beat the e-Niro’s 0-60mph time of 7.8 seconds.