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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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2020 Kia Soul

At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced a better way to roll with the world debut of the all-new 2020 Soul, a completely new yet familiar version of Kia’s beloved and award-winning urban runabout. Taking everything that helped popularize the quirky, unconventionally styled subcompact, Kia Motors poured more of its soul into nearly every inch of the vehicle, resulting in a third-generation that continues to transcend unmatched style, peppy performance, thrilling technology, and urban practicality. Proving the point that “there is a Kia Soul for everyone,” the normally aspirated and optionally turbocharged Soul is available in six trim levels – LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, “EX Designer Collection” – plus the all-new Kia Soul EV (outlined in a separate press release). Pricing will be available closer to expected on-sale date in the first half of next year.

2020 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul

While the Soul stays true to its design heritage with its boxy silhouette and confident stance, its newly sculpted lines, cutting-edge details, and technical lighting elements present the most futuristic, youthful and innovative Soul yet. New exterior design highlights include:

  • High-tech front headlight configuration with connecting trim piece accentuates width
    Slim-design daytime running lights and turn signal indicators
  • Larger front grille with unique two-tone treatment
  • Front fenders add volume to clean and smooth surfaces
  • Roof rack mounting points
  • Three-dimensional wraparound boomerang-shaped taillights
  • C-pillars designed to resemble airplane wings
  • Signature vertical rear window and “Island” stay true to Kia Soul design heritage
  • Distinctive C-pillar garnish features new “Soul” graphic

2020 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul

Music has been an overarching theme for Soul since its inception, and it’s no different this round.. For the third generation, designers and engineers turned up the volume on the interior. Drawing inspiration from the “emotional visualization of sound,” the Kia Soul’s interior space is adorned with shapes and textures that reflect acoustic inspired elements to create a full sensory experience. Interior design highlights include:

  • Available sound mood lighting emits soft light from the center door panels and a unique 3D pattern surface on the upper door panels, with the ability to synchronize to the beat of the music playing through the Soul’s audio system
  • Sound mood lighting features a rainbow of customizable colors
  • Available wireless charging
  • Available dual auto climate control
  • Soul’s signature tweeter speakers

2020 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul

Despite its compact footprint, the Kia Soul’s boxy dimensions continue to offer up a surprising amount of cargo and passenger space. Slightly longer than before, the 2020 Soul also features more smartly designed packaging in an effort to make accessibility even easier. The 2020 Soul’s stronger structure benefits from an increased use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), hot stamped components, and structural adhesive. With stronger bones, the 2020 Kia Soul is expected to achieve the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Kia Soul can be outfitted to convey one’s unique sense of style through a variety of customizable options. Aside from the all-new Soul EV that debuts alongside its gasoline counterpart, the Kia Soul offers even more flexibility according to different lifestyles.
2020 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul