It is officially confirmed. The all new 2018 Kia Soul EV will bring many improvements including much improved range. According to the latest sources, the new all-electric Kia will arrive with more powerful battery this time.
The South Korean eco-friendliest hatchback Soul is one of the most popular all-electric vehicles on the road. Not only that it offers decent range but it will also show much better efficiency. Although it is a smaller vehicle, it provides comfortable ride in the spacious cabin. Its handling has also been improved with the 2017 model year. As well, this time the Company will probably offer it with upgraded infotainment system and will add the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. In addition to that, we can also expect some minor styling upgrades inside and out.
Now with the improved range, the new Kia Soul EV will easily beat the current Nissan Leaf which has a range of 83 miles. Among other competitors of the Soul, we will mention Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 which are still the leader in the EV segment with the range of over 200 miles.
2018 Kia Soul EV powertrain, performance and range
When it comes to engine department, the new 2018 Kia Soul EV will bring some novelties and improvements this time. It will be powered with an electric motor and a new, much stronger battery placed in the floor. So, instead of the previous 27 kWh pack, the new Kia will use a larger 30 kWh battery. This will improve its range for around 10 percent. Therefore, the current range of 93 miles will increase to 105 to 115 miles. Furthermore, the Kia is expected to be able to go 155 miles instead of the current 132 miles. However, the performance of this unit will remain the same. Its total output will be 109 horses and 210 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the Soul EV will come standard with a DC Fast Charge port.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior design, the 2018 Kia Soul EV will come with perhaps only minor changes. Since it has been refreshed last year, there was no need for any major adjustments this time. The Soul EV will feature recognizable boxy shape. The front end won’t get traditional grille but instead there will be a panel with the charge port. The rear end will be dominated by the large LED taillights.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Soul EV is surprisingly very spacious and comfortable. The heated front seats are cozy and supportive and convenient for even taller drivers. On the rear, there is also a plenty of head and leg room. The dashboard will feature a 3.5-inch OLED instrument cluster. As for the equipment, all models come with heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition, USB a and so on. The higher trims will add an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, air-conditioning system etc. In the top trims, we will also see leather upholstery, rear park assist, ventilated front seats and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Kia Soul EV should arrive later this year. As for the price, it should be similar to the current model which is around $32,000.