The Kia Soul electric vehicle has been spied completely undisguised about half a year before it is expected to go on sale in the UK.
The Soul, Kia's first global electric vehicle, was spotted on the streets of North America during a promotional filming event. It is due to be officially unveiled at the Chicago motor show, which starts on 6 February.
Autocar got behind the wheel of a disguised Soul EV prototype late last year. This latest Soul is due to be launched with conventional engines in March, with the EV expected to follow in September.
The vehicle has adopted the same platform as the Kia Cee’d. It is wider and longer than the first-generation Soul, with a 20mm longer wheelbase at 2570mm, as well as a 29 per cent stiffer body shell and revised suspension geometry.
The platform was designed to accept battery packs under the rear seats, which means that little of the second-generation Soul’s 354-litre boot space has been sacrificed for the EV technology. It does, however, bring a weight penalty in the region of 200kg over the standard cars.