The Korean manufacturer prepares some nice changes for the 2018 Kia Soul EV. The electric subcompact crossover will get a new battery, with a better capacity which will provide a wider range. Besides the new battery, we could see several other updates.
To remind you, this crossover originally came in 2014. So, we could presume that there will be some other changes. This could be a complete mid-cycle update, which will also include some visual changes. Naturally, we expect to see novelties in terms of standard equipment. All these changes could make 2018 Kia Soul EV more competitive than before. Along with its approachable price, the extended range will definitely be another benefit for many buyers. Despite new battery, many reports suggest there will not be changes in price. We expect to see a new version in next few weeks.
2018 Kia Soul EV changes
For this occasion, we are about to see some nice changes. The most important novelty will be a new battery. Compared to the current model, 2018 Kia Soul EV will get 8 additional cells. So, the overall capacity of the battery will be now increased to 30 kWh, compared to the current 27. This should extend the range for about 20 percent. Besides the new battery, we could see several other modifications. According to various reports, this could be a complete mid-cycle update. So, we could also see some visual changes. If they come, most of them will definitely be at the front end. We could see new details in areas like grille, headlights, bumpers, taillights etc. We could see some interior changes as well. However, biggest changes inside will probably be in terms of new equipment.
2018 Kia Soul EV features
As we already mentioned, the 2018 Kia Soul EV should come with new equipment. The current model comes in two trim levels. Each of them should get several new standard features. In the current state, the base EV comes with standard features like 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch center screen with a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio USB ports etc.
The optional Plus trim adds things like aerodynamic windshield wipers, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, simulated-leather dashboard and console trim, heated rear seats, a luggage net, a cargo cover a 12-volt cargo area power outlet etc.
2018 Kia Soul EV powertrain
The 2018 Kia Soul EV is about to get a new, larger battery. This will definitely be a great improvement since we are about to see a wider range. The current model can make around 93 miles on a single charge. The new battery should provide additional 20 miles. So, with the new 113 miles of total range, this crossover will definitely become more competitive.
When it comes to power, some reports suggest the modest increase, but we are pretty sure that the 2018 Soul EV will continue with the same electric motor. A total output goes around 110 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque.
This amount of power is enough to provide 0-60 sprint in about 9.5 seconds, while a top speed goes around 92 miles per hour. On the other side, fuel economy goes up to 120 mpg, which is definitely a great benefit.
2018 Kia Soul EV release date and price
The 2018 Kia Soul EV will come within a month. We don’t expect bigger changes in price. So, base models should go around 33.000 dollars. A top-range model will go up to 37.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, there are various electric cars around. Some of them are Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf and many others.