The Auto Expo 2018 is about to conclude and is expecting a good footfall on Valentine’s Day today. Taking part in the Auto Expo for the first time is the South Korean automaker Kia. Kia has debuted in the Indian car market at the expo showcasing a pretty big car lineup from its global range. One of these displayed models at the Kia stall is the Soul EV. The Kia Soul EV is an all-electric 5-door crossover which is characteristically styled like a beefed up hatchback.
The Kia Soul EV is a potential model for the Indian car market. When the South Korean company starts its operations in this country in 2019, it is first expected to launch the SP based SUV model in the domestic market and then might consider bringing in the Soul EV at a later stage at the developing electric vehicle market of India. In terms of design the Soul EV has a polarizing styling with a boxy design language and rounded corners, but it looks nice nevertheless.
The Soul EV is based on the same platform as that of the larger Ceed hatchback model, but it is a very different vehicle under the hood. Under the skin, the Soul EV gets equipped with a 27kW lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor which sends power to the car’s front wheels. The electric motor is good to generate a max power output of 110 hp along with a top torque of 285 Nm. The South Korean car maker claims that the Soul electric car is good to offer a travel range of 190 km on a single charge. The battery pack of the EV comes with fast charging capability. The electric crossover is pretty fast as well and sprints from a standstill position to the speed level of 96 km per hour in only 10.8 seconds, while it is also capable of reaching a top speed of 145 km per hour.
The Kia Soul EV is also a feature-rich electric model and offers a long list of interesting equipments on the inside. The all-electric car boasts of OLED digital instrumentation and an 8.0 inch touchscreen display integrated infotainment system which takes the central position on the dashboard. The system also doubles up as a reverse camera and comes with an EV monitoring software, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation system, DAB radio and USB. Other features on the electric crossover model includes dual zone climate control system, smart keyless entry, cruise control, pushbutton start/stop system, electrically heated power adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, heated front seats and steering wheel, parking sensors and many more.
As mentioned above, while there are yet no words regarding the Kia Soul EV’s imminent launch in the Indian car market, the Soul EV is definitely a potential model for the soon developing EV market of India, in the light of the Indian government’s push towards electrification. If and when the Kia Soul EV launches in India, it would go against the Nissan Leaf electric-hatchback, which is also being considered for the country.