New Kia Soul EV revealed
The funky crossover Soul could lead Kia’s electric car charge in Australia.
The new 2020 Kia Soul has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show this week, sporting more than just a facelift.
Designed using a modified version of the current Soul’s platform, the third-generation tall-boy hatch has been heavily revised, with the addition of an electric drivetrain option.
While the Soul hasn’t proved popular for the Aussie market, it has been successful in the US and the brand is hoping a new look and new engine will help to boost it’s popularity.
The 2020 Soul will also get roof rack mounting points, smartphone mirroring and Bluetooth, plus plenty of available extras including heads-up display and Kia’s Drive Wise kit featuring lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam and more.
While updated petrol engines will be available for the small SUV, the EV Soul is set to have 150kW of power and 395Nm of torque thanks to a 64kWh battery when it arrives.
Kia Australia spokesperson Kevin Hepworth says the Soul is under review.
"We haven't signed on for the new model due to the poor sales numbers of the current model," he says.
But, with the shift to electric vehicles for many car makers, including Kia’s sister brand Hyundai, with the launch of its new Ioniq and upcoming Kona EV, there is good reason to speculate an electric Soul might make it to Australia.
Ali is a Motoring Reporter at Drive.com.au. She completed her Journalism degree in 2018 and has a background in the automotive industry. Ali also has a passion for racing that started in go-karts from an young age, progressing into car racing in 2016…