New Kia Soul EV 2019: Details and pictures

Second-generation electric Soul coming to Europe in 2019

New Kia Soul EV 2019

The second-generation Kia Soul EV has been revealed in full at the Los Angeles Motor Show this week. It's set to replace the existing Soul EV when it goes on sale at some point in 2019.

Kia Soul EV battery, charging and range

The new Soul EV uses the same 64kWh battery pack as its Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric sister models and is also compatible with CCS fast charging for rapid replenishment of the battery.

Kia hasn't yet given a claimed range for the Soul EV, saying that it's still being tested, however it should be somewhere in the 200-300-mile range, given the model's close relationship with the e-Niro and Kona Electric.

Electric motor, drive and handling

The Soul EV is propelled by a 201bhp electric motor and improved handling is promised thanks to the presence of fully independent rear suspension.

Four drive modes can be selected: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, each offer varying levels of acceleration, regenerative braking power and interior ventilation settings in order to either maximise performance, comfort or driving range as required.

Styling

Looks have been updated but not radically altered for the second-generation Soul EV. Fans of the original will recognise the familiar boxy profile instantly, but at the front and rear there are now smoother, more aerodynamic bumpers.

The LED headlamps are integrated into the 'brow' of the car up front, while the Soul EV also gets its own design of alloy wheel – distinct from those available on the regular Soul.

Interior, technology and specifications

Exact UK specifications for the new Soul EV are still being firmed up, but it will be available with an extensive suite of driver-assistance systems, some as standard, others as options.

These include forward collision warning, collision avoidance assistance, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, driver alertness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.

Inside, there's a rotary shifter to select drive, neutral, reverse and park, as well as 10.25-inch colour touchscreen infotainment with a rear-view camera and parking sensors. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity all feature, as well as voice recognition.

Finally, the Soul EV also boasts multiple 'telematics' features, including the ability to remotely monitor battery and charging status, schedule charging and get real-time updates from charging stations.

A panic button allows instant contact with the emergency services, while sat-nav destinations and points of interest located on a phone or home computer can be sent to the car's navigation system, too.

Release date

The new Kia Soul EV goes on sale in both Europe and the US in the first six months of 2019. An exact on-sale date, prices and specification levels for the UK market will follow at a later date.