The next-generation Kia Soul EV will be available in the first half of 2019, featuring a 64kWh battery.
Specifications and prices are yet to be confirmed, but Kia has revealed the Soul EV will develop 204PS – the same as the 64kWh version of the Kona Electric.
This means it’s likely the Soul EV will offer a similar 300 mile range.
Kia said the Soul EV is currently being tested to ascertain its estimated range, with the overall battery range due to be announced early in 2019.
The new car’s handling and driving dynamics are said to be much improved, with new fully-independent rear suspension.
Four drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+ – automatically adjust power output to the traction motor. The driving modes also control the level of regenerative braking on offer, air conditioning and heating settings, and enable drivers to set speed limits to help manage operating efficiency in different driving conditions.
The Soul EV’s smart regenerative braking is operated via paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, providing drivers with the ability to slow the car and capture more kinetic energy, adding extra range.
Drivers can choose from four regenerative braking levels (zero to three), depending on desired driving smoothness, enjoyment and efficiency. The regenerative braking system also features a ‘Brake and Hold’ system, which enables drivers to use the paddle shifters to bring the car to a full stop while harvesting kinetic energy.
In addition, the smart regenerative braking system adjusts the braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Soul EV, creating smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep road.
The system is paired with a Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster, which keeps the driver aware of real-time battery usage based on accelerator pedal input.
The exterior design retains the car’s boxy origins but introduces new front and rear bumpers and unique LED headlamp.
A range of driver assistance and safety systems are expected to be fitted as standard and the Soul EV will feature a 10.25-inch colour touchscreen with rear-view camera