2019 Kia Soul EV spied


The 2019 Kia Soul EV has been snapped during testing, with pictures of the interior revealing its likely range.

Although the body is just as camouflaged as last time we saw the car, the latest batch of spy pictures includes a few pictures of the interior. The central touchscreen shows the battery on 92 per cent and a range of 437km, which suggests the car will do around 500km on a full charge.

That would suggest it draws on the 64kWh battery from the Hyundai Kona Electric, or a lithium-ion battery of similar capacity, in top-spec guise.

Power is expected to come from a variation of the 150kW/395Nm motor from the Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV, revealed earlier this year at the Busan motor show.

The entire Soul range is expected to gain the latest semi-autonomous safety systems from the Kia line-up, with tech like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alert all likely to feature.

There’s no firm word on when the new Soul will launch but, given the current model’s love affair with the United States, a Los Angeles motor show reveal would make sense. Whether the EV is shown alongside the wider range remains to be seen.

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