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Electrical Soul would be the solely Soul you should purchase in Europe

The subsequent-generation Kia Soul EV, below the brand new identify of Kia e-Soul, is coming to Europe the place gross sales will start by the tip of the fourth quarter. Pricing might be introduced later.

Kia will unveil the brand new e-Soul on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present (the automotive debuted on the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Present). The European model might be supplied in two variations, which shares batteries/powertrains with Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electrical:

  • Lengthy-range: 64 kWh battery and 150 kW electrical motor
  • Normal: 39.2 kWh battery and 100 kW electrical motor

In Europe, Soul might be supplied solely within the all-electric model. Manufacturing of the e-Soul takes place at Kia’s Gwangju manufacturing facility in Korea.

“In its third era, Kia’s pioneering city crossover has turn into extra distinctive, dynamic and revolutionary than ever. Whereas the e-Soul embraces the long-lasting design and playful character of its predecessors, it will likely be powered in Europe solely by electrical vitality, with a selection of two long-range, zero-emissions powertrains.”

The Lengthy-range model will be capable to go 452 km (280 miles) in accordance with WLTP check cycle, in comparison with an EPA score of 243 miles (391 km) within the U.S. The Normal model will go 277 km (172 miles) WLTP.

Kia boasts that the brand new battery cells have 25% larger vitality density (250 Wh/kg vs 200 Wh/kg), whereas the brand new powertrain is 30% extra environment friendly than “Europe’s present best-selling electrical automotive” – the Nissan LEAF we guess.

The brand new electrical Soul breaks with CHAdeMO and is supplied with CCS charging inlet for DC quick charging (as much as 100 kW) and AC charging (single-phase 7.2 kW). The 20-80% quick recharge ought to take about 42 minutes.

Each variations might be coated in Europe by a 7-12 months, 150,000 km guarantee.

Kia e-Soul specs:

Lengthy-range battery pack

  • 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (180 Ah of capability and 356 V of nominal voltage, 170 kW energy output)
  • Vary WLTP: 452 km (280 miles). U.S. model was rated by EPA at 243 miles (391 km)
  • Vitality consumption WLTP: 157 Wh/km
  • Vitality density (cell) 250 Wh/kg
  • 150 kW (@ three,800 – 8000 rpm) and 395 Nm (@ Zero – three,600 rpm) everlasting magnet AC synchronous motor
  • Zero-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds
  • High velocity: 167 km/h (104 miles)
  • on-board charger 7.2 kW
  • CCS DC fast-charging functionality as customary – from 20% as much as 80% capability in simply 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger
  • Weight: 1,682 kg (Curb weight) and a couple of,180 kg (Gross weight)
  • Baggage capability (litres, VDA):
    • Behind second row 315
    • Behind first row 1,339

Normal battery pack

  • 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (120 Ah of capability and 327 V of nominal voltage, 104 kW energy output)
  • Vary WLTP: 277 km (172 miles)
  • Vitality consumption WLTP: 145 Wh/km
  • Vitality density (cell) 250 Wh/kg
  • 100 kW (@ 2,600 – 8000 rpm) and 395 Nm (@ Zero – 2,400 rpm) everlasting magnet AC synchronous motor
  • Zero-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.6 seconds
  • High velocity: 156 km/h (97 miles)
  • on-board charger 7.2 kW
  • CCS DC fast-charging functionality as customary – from 20% as much as 80% capability in simply 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger
  • Weight: 1,593 kg (Curb weight) and a couple of,Zero25 kg (Gross weight)
  • Baggage capability (litres, VDA):
    • Behind second row 315
    • Behind first row 1,339
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Press launch:

All-electric Kia e-Soul to make European debut in Geneva with extra energy, driving vary and know-how

  • New e-Soul joins Kia’s rising vary of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical automobiles with a selection of two long-range, zero-emissions powertrains
  • Iconic and distinctive design, inside and outside
  • Totally-electric driving vary of as much as 452 kilometres from a single cost
  • 25% larger cell-energy density with new-generation battery chemistry
  • Extra energy and sooner acceleration from new electrical motors – and as much as 30% extra vitality environment friendly than Europe’s present best-selling electrical automotive
  • Kia introduces new UVO CONNECT ‘linked automotive’ telematics system
  • Mixed Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charging functionality as customary; aids usability on big selection of journeys
  • On-sale in Europe from first quarter of 2019 with 7-12 months, 150,000 km guarantee

26 February 2019 – The brand new Kia e-Soul brings long-range, zero-emissions energy to the city crossover class. The third globally-sold electrical car from Kia Motors makes its European debut on the 2019 Geneva Worldwide Motor Present subsequent month.

In its third era, Kia’s pioneering city crossover has turn into extra distinctive, dynamic and revolutionary than ever. Whereas the e-Soul embraces the long-lasting design and playful character of its predecessors, it will likely be powered in Europe solely by electrical vitality, with a selection of two long-range, zero-emissions powertrains. The brand new-generation battery packs powering the brand new e-Soul are as much as 30% extra vitality environment friendly than Europe’s present best-selling electrical car.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Working Officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “Since its inception, the Soul has been a real pioneer for Kia, and for the broader market. A decade in the past, it established the city crossover section, and once we launched the Soul EV it grew to become the primary fully-electric crossover. The brand new e-Soul breaks extra floor, as we launch it in Europe with an extended-range electrical powertrain as customary – with out the choice of an inside combustion engine.

“The market has modified considerably in recent times, and in 2018 – the outgoing mannequin’s last 12 months on-sale, Kia bought extra of the zero-emissions Soul EV in Europe than petrol and diesel variations mixed. Kia is recognised at this time as a world chief in electrified autos, with a rising vary of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical autos. Electrified fashions accounted for one in eight Kia automobiles bought in Europe in 2018, up from one in 10 in 2017, and the brand new e-Soul will additional construct on this momentum.”

The e-Soul retains the strengths which have characterised earlier generations of the mannequin, providing excellent worth for cash, a roomy inside for 5 occupants, and excessive ranges of area and flexibility. Like all Kia fashions, the brand new e-Soul might be bought as customary in Europe with Kia’s high quality promise: an unrivalled 7-12 months, 150,000-kilometre guarantee, which additionally covers the automotive’s electrical motor and battery pack.

The brand new e-Soul goes on-sale throughout Europe in direction of the tip of the primary quarter of 2019.

Exterior design

Updating an icon – a particular, box-fresh design

Recent, funky and distinctive, the brand new e-Soul celebrates the long-lasting design and playful character of the first- and second-generation Soul fashions. With newly-sculpted traces, sharp particulars, and technical lighting parts, the brand new e-Soul is probably the most futuristic, youthful and revolutionary iteration but.

Each exterior panel on the e-Soul is new, but it stays immediately recognisable by staying true to its boxy origins. Its city crossover design has been enhanced with sharp full-LED headlamps built-in into the higher ‘forehead’, which extends throughout the entrance of the 1,800-mm extensive automotive. The entrance and rear bumpers, and a strong panel rather than a grille, give it a easy, aerodynamic look. The charging socket is housed behind a small panel on the entrance of the automotive. Strake-style LED foglamps beneath the headlights change the spherical lamps discovered on the earlier Soul EV.

In profile, the e-Soul’s boxy silhouette stays clear, but refined changes to its proportions and particulars give the automotive a extra assured look. At four,195 mm in size, the brand new e-Soul is 55 mm longer than the automotive it replaces – with a 2,600-mm wheelbase (+30 mm) and a 15-mm longer entrance overhang. This impact is enhanced visually by the newly-designed rear pillar and form of its glasshouse. The home windows taper in direction of the rear of the automotive, with a fin-shaped rear pillar changing what was beforehand a pointy angle on the base of the rear home windows. The form of the glasshouse attracts the eyes alongside the aspect of the automotive because the bodywork kicks up in direction of the roof, ending in a matte black panel bearing the Soul identify. This successfully balances the visible ‘weight’ of the rear with the longer entrance finish. The e-Soul is completed with a singular five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheel design.

On the rear, the ‘island’ of bodywork within the tailgate stays. Surrounded by gloss black, this panel takes on a extra rounded, trendy form for the brand new mannequin, and sits atop restyled rear bumpers. It’s parenthesised by daring new wraparound LED mixture lamps.

The brand new e-Soul is on the market in a selection of seven single-tone paint finishes and 7 two-tone combos, mixing vivid physique colors with metallic shades for the roof and door mirror caps.

European prospects may also specify an non-compulsory SUV Pack, which elevates the design of the e-Soul with the addition of bolder wheel arch and aspect sill cladding, in addition to a skid plate on the bottom of the entrance bumpers.

Inside design

A high-tech inside impressed by music

For the reason that Soul’s inception, music has been an overarching theme behind its design. In its third era, this continues to be a core attribute of the automotive’s persona. For the brand new mannequin, designers and engineers have ‘turned up the quantity’ on the inside, drawing inspiration from the visualisation of sound.

The e-Soul’s inside area is completed with acoustic-inspired shapes and textures, making a full sensory expertise. The brand new Soul retains the signature ‘tweeter’ audio system which bookend the dashboard, a function of the previous-generation Soul which exemplified the automotive’s mixture of cool design and supreme performance.

As vibrant inside as out, the e-Soul’s cabin might be completed in a spread of single- or two-tone color schemes, with a selection of cloth and artificial or actual leather-based, relying on market and car specification. Color and trim schemes embody single-tone black or two-tone gray material (gentle and darkish gray) with pearl-style door trim. The inside can be out there with black or gray material, material and artificial leather-based, or actual leather-based upholstery, with gentle gray distinction stitching and metallic-painted door trim. Fashions completed in black material are additionally out there with non-compulsory Inexperienced or Gold Packs, which add gold or inexperienced distinction stitching and door trim. A Crimson Pack is on the market to accompany the black leather-based inside, including sporty pink stitching and door trim.

The cabin is fitted with an non-compulsory Sound Temper Lighting system, emitting delicate gentle from panels within the doorways. This additionally features a distinctive 3D-patterned floor on the higher door panels. The Sound Temper Lighting system pulses in time the beat of music taking part in via the audio system, with eight customisable colors and 6 themes illuminating the cabin.

The automotive can be out there with a wi-fi telephone charger on the base of the dashboard, heated and ventilated entrance seats, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. An out there Head-Up Show system unobtrusively tasks related driving data on to the windscreen – corresponding to turn-by-turn navigation instructions and car velocity data.

Powertrains and dynamics

Lengthy-range, zero-emissions – a selection of two fully-electric powertrains

The brand new Kia e-Soul might be bought in Europe solely as an electrical car, with a selection of two fully-electric, zero-emission powertrains to fulfill the wants and budgets of various prospects.

Drivers have a selection of long-range (64 kWh) and standard-range (39.2 kWh) powertrains. Whichever model a purchaser chooses, each variants provide vastly improved vary over the outgoing Soul EV. On-road efficiency can be enhanced, with considerably extra highly effective electrical motors offering 395 Nm of torque – 39% greater than earlier than.

Moreover, Kia’s new-generation lithium-ion polymer battery packs provide larger vitality capability than these of many different electrical autos, no matter worth. Cell vitality density of 250 Wh / kg, achieved via new cell chemistry, allow the cells to retailer 25% extra vitality inside an outlined quantity than these of the 200 Wh / kg battery pack within the outgoing Soul EV. This has enabled Kia to maintain the battery pack as compact and light-weight as potential, whereas taking an enormous leap within the automotive’s zero-emissions driving vary in comparison with its predecessor and different electrical autos available on the market.

The long-range 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 150 kW (204 ps) electrical motor, enabling the e-Soul to journey as much as 452 kilometres (280 miles) on a single cost (on the WLTP mixed cycle). Vitality consumption for the 64 kWh battery pack is simply 157 Wh / km on the WLTP mixed cycle – 24% extra environment friendly than Europe’s present best-selling electrical car. Vitality consumption for the long-range e-Soul is as little as 109 Wh / km in city environments (WLTP city cycle).

With the powertrain’s most 395 Nm torque out there from a standstill, and 84% extra energy than the automotive it replaces, the long-range 64 kWh e-Soul will speed up from Zero-to-100 kph in simply 7.6 seconds.

The usual-range 39.2 kWh battery pack powers an environment friendly 100 kW (136 ps) electrical motor. With peak torque of 395 Nm, and 23% extra energy than the outgoing Soul EV, the considerably improved effectivity of the battery nonetheless permits the standard-range e-Soul to journey as much as 277 kilometres (172 miles) on a single cost. Vitality effectivity is rated at 145 Wh / km (WLTP mixed), 30% extra environment friendly than the best-selling electrical automotive in Europe – making it one of the vital energy-efficient electrical autos on this planet.

A Mixed Charging System (CCS) DC quick charger is fitted as customary to each fashions, enabling shorter stops for charging. Each battery packs might be recharged from 20% as much as 80% capability in simply 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger.

The e-Soul is fitted with a spread of energy-recuperation applied sciences to maximise driving vary. This consists of Kia’s vitality environment friendly warmth pump system, which scavenges waste warmth from the automotive’s coolant system. It additionally options Kia’s revolutionary particular person air flow and air-con system, which shuts off cabin air flow on the supply to all seats besides the driving force’s – in contrast to different techniques, which merely divert air to open passenger cabin vents.

The e-Soul can be outfitted as customary with Kia’s revolutionary regenerative braking system, operated by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The system gives drivers with the flexibility to sluggish the automotive and recuperate kinetic vitality to maximise its driving vary and effectivity. Drivers can select from 5 regenerative braking ranges (none, 1 to three, or ‘single pedal’ mode), relying on the extent of vitality recuperation they need from the brakes. The system’s ‘single pedal’ driving mode additionally permits the automotive to reap the utmost quantity of vitality from its brakes, and even permits the driving force to carry the automotive to a mild halt with out essentially needing to push the brake pedal. The regenerative braking system may also routinely alter the braking degree if it detects the automotive in entrance slowing down, creating smoother coast-down driving – particularly on a steep downhill street. A Sensible Eco Pedal Information show on the driving force’s instrument cluster additionally retains the driving force conscious of real-time battery utilization based mostly on accelerator pedal enter.

As well as, the e-Soul’s Drive Mode Choose system lets drivers adapt the automotive to their most popular fashion or the street situations. Drivers can select from ‘Regular’, ‘Eco’, Eco+’ and ‘Sport’ mode. The 2 Eco modes are tuned to maximise car vary with sure power-saving measures, whereas Sport mode will increase responses from the steering and electrical motor to maximise the dynamic driving really feel of the automotive. Regular mode gives a cautious stability between every.

The brand new e-Soul is the primary era of the Soul to function fully-independent multi-link rear suspension. This replaces the torsion beam rear axle on first- and second-generation fashions, making the automotive directly extra participating, responsive and cozy to drive.


Kia launches revolutionary new UVO CONNECT telematics system

A set of superior options improve security, enhance the driving expertise and supply ease of operation and possession. Moreover, the brand new mannequin is the primary Kia in Europe to supply the model’s revolutionary UVO CONNECT telematics system.

UVO CONNECT is designed to carry driving into the digital period, connecting drivers to the world round to supply them with invaluable data – by way of the in-car touchscreen, and on their smartphone.

The brand new know-how has been developed to adjust to the newest European Union Normal Information Safety Regulation (GDPR), guaranteeing the very best ranges of knowledge privateness and safety

UVO options the Kia Stay system, housed throughout the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen within the centre of the e-Soul’s dashboard. The system makes use of its personal SIM card to retrieve and replace stay knowledge throughout a drive, corresponding to stay visitors data, climate forecasts, factors of curiosity, and particulars of potential on- and off-street parking – together with worth, location and parking availability. Crucially, the UVO system additionally reveals drivers charging station areas, charger availability, and connection compatibility.

The second component of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app gives customers peace of thoughts with a spread of options to supply diagnostic knowledge about their automotive and the journeys they take. The app additionally permits house owners to activate a spread of distant capabilities and options remotely. Relying on nation, customers can remotely activate the local weather management system (pre-heating or pre-cooling the automotive, relying on the climate), and ship route instructions to their automotive earlier than a journey.

The app permits customers to verify battery charging standing remotely, and cease or resume charging at a faucet of a display screen – permitting them to benefit from cheaper in a single day electrical energy tariffs if charging at house. The app additionally lets customers verify the placement of their car, and entry car reviews and diagnostic notifications.

Following its introduction on the e-Soul, Kia’s UVO CONNECT know-how might be launched to different European fashions within the close to future.

The 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system options Bluetooth multi-connection as customary, enabling occupants to attach two cell gadgets directly, in addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its superior split-screen performance lets customers management or monitor totally different car options on the similar time, customising the display screen with a collection of various widgets. This permits the driving force to have a single show (corresponding to navigation or battery data), or mix quite a few parts on-screen on the similar time. This implies the driving force can comply with navigation instructions or preserve observe of battery vitality effectivity, whereas passengers can select their favorite songs or verify the climate forecast. The infotainment system additionally controls car recharging preferences and Sound Temper Lighting settings.

The widescreen within the centre of the dashboard is complemented by a 7.Zero-inch TFT-LCD supervision instrument cluster, displaying important driving data to the driving force.


Full vary of superior lively security techniques out there

A spread of passive and lively security techniques be certain that occupants stay as nicely protected as potential on each journey. Kia’s Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS) assist to cut back most of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving.

Obtainable applied sciences embody Ahead Collision-avoidance Help (FCA), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Help-Rear (BCA-R), Sensible Cruise Management (SCC) with Cease & Go, and Lane Maintaining Help (LKA), Driver Consideration Warning (DAW) and Excessive Beam Help (HBA). Kia’s ‘degree two autonomy’ know-how, Lane Comply with Help (LFA), controls acceleration, braking and steering relying on the autos in entrance. Between speeds of Zero and 130 kph, LFA makes use of digital camera and radar sensors to keep up a secure distance from the automotive in entrance, whereas monitoring street markings to maintain the e-Soul within the centre of the lane. As well as, the e-Soul contains a Rear View Monitor (RVM) with Parking Help steerage and Rear Cross-traffic Collision-avoidance Help (RCCA).

As for passive security options, the e-Soul is fitted with as much as seven airbags (twin entrance airbags, twin entrance seat-mounted aspect airbags, aspect curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and driver’s aspect knee airbag), in addition to a collection of digital car security techniques. These embody Kia’s Automobile Stability Administration system as customary, incorporating traction management and digital stability management.

The e-Soul’s physique is made up of a mix of metal and aluminium, maximising torsional rigidity whereas protecting physique weight low. With a better proportion of Superior Excessive-Power Metal and hot-stamped metal elements than its predecessor, in addition to new aluminium side-sill reinforcements, the extra inflexible bodyshell reduces street vibrations and enhances occupant security within the occasion of a collision.

Manufacturing and gross sales

In-built Korea and on-sale in Europe this spring

The brand new e-Soul is produced at Kia’s Gwangju manufacturing facility in Korea. It goes on-sale in chosen European markets from the tip of Q1 2019, with pricing introduced nearer to the beginning of gross sales.

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Physique and chassis

5-door, five-seater all-electric city crossover, with high-strength metal and aluminium unitary building bodyshell. An electrical motor drives the entrance wheels by way of a single-speed discount gear set, powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack.


Electrical motor

Kind                           Everlasting magnet AC synchronous motor

Voltage                       356 V (lengthy) / 327 V (customary)

Max energy                 204 ps (150 kW) @ three,800 – 8000 rpm (long-range)

136 ps (100 kW) @ 2,600 – 8000 rpm (customary)

Max torque                 395 Nm (291.5 lb ft) @ Zero – three,600 rpm (long-range)

Max torque                 395 Nm (291.5 lb ft) @ Zero – 2,400 rpm (customary)


Lengthy-range battery pack

Kind                           Lithium-ion polymer

Voltage                       356 V

Vitality                                   64 kWh

Energy                         170 kW

Capability                     180 Ah

On-board charger      7.2 kW

Vitality density (cell)  250 Wh / kg


Normal battery pack

Kind                           Lithium-ion polymer

Voltage                       327 V

Vitality                                   39.2 kWh

Energy                         104 kW

Capability                     120 Ah

On-board charger      7.2 kW

Vitality density (cell)  250 Wh / kg


Suspension and damping

Entrance                            Totally-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

Rear                            Totally-independent subframe-mounted multi-link, coil springs and twin tube gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar



Kind                            Electrical motor-driven rack-and-pinion energy steering

Steering ratio               12.eight:1

Turns, lock-to-lock      2.5

Turning circle              5.three metres



Entrance                            305 x 25 mm ventilated discs

Rear                            300 x 10 mm strong discs

Parking brake             Digital parking brake


Wheels and tyres

Normal                     Alloy 17-inch, 215/55 R17 tyres

Spare                          Tyre mobility package


Dimensions (mm)


Total size              four,195              Total width              1,800*

Total top              1,600              Wheelbase                 2,600

Entrance overhang           865                 Rear overhang           730

Entrance observe                  1,565              Rear observe                  1,575

Floor clearance       155

*excluding door mirrors



1st row             2nd row

Head room                 1,013               988

Leg room                    1,044               927

Shoulder room           1,410               1,390


Baggage capability (litres, VDA)

Behind second row    315

Behind first row          1,339


Weights (kg)

Lengthy-range     Normal

Curb weight                1,682               1,593

Gross weight              2,180               2,Zero25


Efficiency and vary

Lengthy-range     Normal

High velocity (kph)         167                  156

Zero-to-100 kph (sec)      7.6                   9.6

Max car vary*    452 km           277 km

280 mi             172 mi

Vitality consumption*            157 Wh / km   145 Wh / km

*WLTP mixed cycle

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