European Debut for the all new Soul
The new Kia Soul EV will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The all-new Kia Soul EV will become the brand’s first globally-sold electric vehicle when production starts in the second half of 2014.
The Kia Soul EV is a front-wheel drive electric vehicle with a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and class-leading 200 Wh/kg battery energy density. Power comes from an 81.4 kW electric motor producing a generous 285 Nm of torque. The vehicle will appeal to city commuters thanks to a driving range of around 124 miles on a single charge. The Kia Soul EV features a number of energy-saving technologies that reduce load on the battery and increase maximum driving range. These include new advanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technologies, including a world-first ‘driver-only’ individual ventilation system, four-mode regenerative braking and a battery heating system. The Soul EV will also be one of the most practical EVs on the market when it goes on sale later this year as a result of minimal intrusion by the batteries into the cabin and luggage space. The new Kia Soul EV also boasts Kia’s unique seven year/100,000 mile warranty.
Also making its European debut at the motor show is the upgraded Kia Optima Hybrid. The upgrades feature newly-designed front and rear bumpers, the front incorporating new LED fog lamps and a revised design for Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille. The car’s profile is also improved with a new side-sill garnish and new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs. Customers will also be able to specify a new ‘White Package’ interior option, with white upholstery and gloss black cabin accents. There are two new exterior paint finishes offered Smoky Blue and Aluminium Silver.
The latest Optima Hybrid will also be fitted with a range of new features, including Kia’s third-generation regenerative braking system with greater braking feel and response, a new touchscreen interface specific to the Hybrid system and a new (optional) High Tech Pack (incorporating Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Smart Parking Assist systems). The upgraded Optima Hybrid is scheduled to start production from April 2014 and will go on sale later in the year in left hand drive only.