Like father, like son! after Hyundai making its way to the electric vehicle category, now its time for Kia to do the same, but on a much smaller scale.
As much recently Kia has filed a trademark for Kia Soul in India. However, it is still not clear whether the Kia soul will be offered in an IC or an electric powertrain. Currently, the Kia Soul hatchback is on sale in European markets.
What powers the Kia Soul?
- Well, the European spec comes with a 2.0L naturally aspirated and a 1.6L turbocharged petrol motor.
- Both the units generate 143hp and 194 hp respectively.
- Transmission options include a standard 6-speed manual, CVT and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox reserved for the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.
- While the electric version comes packed with a 64kWh battery.
- The Soul EV offers a range of 450km over a single charge and can do 0-100kmph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 170kmph.
- It also gets 4 drive modes- Eco, Eco+, Comfort and Sport.
What’s on the feature end?
- The feature list on the outside includes LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, boomerang-shaped taillamps and a lower grille.
- While on the inside we get to see features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car tech, Harman Kardon speaker setup, 8-way power-adjustable seats, heated front seats, ambient lighting, digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control and many more.
Launch and Rivals?
- Going by certain media reports it is speculated that Kia could bring in the Soul hatchback by the end of 2021 or mid-2022.
- With its launch, the new Korean hatchback will set its eyes on the Tata Tiago, Tata Altroz and the Hyundai Santro.