2020 Kia Soul EV

2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia’s beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Kia Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Kia Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas. The new Kia Soul EV has a new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge as standard equipment, battery refills should be brief so road trip fun can happily continue after only a short break. The Kia Soul EV has always provided a bit of a magic carpet ride, whisking along silently with seemingly effortless pull. Now, with 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque (way up from 210 lb.-ft. in the outgoing model), drivers will feel like a virtual Aladdin. Handling and driving dynamics are also much improved, thanks to the addition of independent rear suspension.

2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV

The new Soul EV also provides plenty of tools for drivers to customize their driving experience and their battery usage, including:

  • Four drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+ – that automatically adjust power output to the traction motor, regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating settings, and set speed limits to help manage operating efficiency depending on driving conditions
  • Smart regenerative braking operated via paddle shifters provides drivers the ability to slow the car and capture kinetic energy, adding extra range. Drivers can choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3) depending on desired driving smoothness, enjoyment and efficiency
  • Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stop
  • Smart Regen System adjusts the regenerative braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Kia Soul EV and creates smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep road
  • Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster keeps the driver aware of real-time battery usage based on accelerator pedal input

2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV comes equipped with a long list of state-of-the-art features to help enhance safety, improve the driving experience and provide ease of operation and ownership. Kia engineers and designers have thought of everything. Every Soul EV includes a suite of “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below.

  • High-tech rotary shifter (shift-by-wire)
  • 10.25-inch color touchscreen with rear view monitor and parking guidance
  • 6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM) with USB input
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity with voice recognition
  • 7 airbags (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver’s side knee air bag)
  • Vehicle Safety Systems
  • “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)

2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV

Built at the Gwangju plant in Korea, the Soul EV is expected to go on sale next year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Buyers can choose from two trims, the Kia Soul EV and the Soul EV Designer Collection. Supporting its super-fancy sounding name, the Designer Collection model gets all the Kia Soul EV goodies, plus a whole lot more, including:

  • Two-tone paint: Gravity Grey with a Platinum Gold roof; Cherry Black with an Inferno Red roof; and Neptune Blue with a Cherry Black roof
  • Power-folding gloss-black heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors with signal repeater
    10-speaker Harman/Kardon premium audio with external amplifier
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats with Sofino premium non-animal seating upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV

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