All-new 2020 Kia Soul gets an upgrade in style

Sheri Evans
November 30, 2018

Also, smart regenerative braking operated via paddle shifters has three levels of recuperation. Now, with 204 ps and 395Nm of torque (up from 285Nm in the outgoing model), the vehicle accelerates even more strongly. These modes automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating settings, while also setting speed limits to help manage the efficiency of the powertrain. The system can also adjust the amount of regeneration based on a vehicle detected in front of the auto.

The system is paired with a Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster, which keeps the driver aware of real-time battery usage based on accelerator pedal input.

Kia's all-electric Soul EV promises to be even more perky. At first glance, it looks rather odd, but depending on how much of the area is actually illuminated, the layout could make the tail of the new Soul one of the most visible things on the road. The new X-line trim gets some black plastic fender trim, grille-mounted fog lights, and brushed metal-looking accents.

Down back, the vertical rear windscreen sits surrounded by a new take on the vertical taillights offered on the previous Soul. You also get available wireless charging and dual-zone automatic climate control though, so it's not all lighthearted frippery in Soul town. It features a solid insert in place of the conventional Soul's front grille, with a door housing the charging socket conveniently located on the driver's side. It comes with for driving modes - Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Eco+.

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If you really want to get funky, there's also the Kia Soul EV. These models also come with a rear view monitor and parking guidance system. It's the new Kia Soul, and it's coming to the United Kingdom sometime next year.

These include anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic stability control, hill-start assist control, pedestrian warning system and a tire pressure monitoring system. Kia says it's still testing to see how far the new Soul can go on a single charge, but it ought to be close to the Niro's claimed 301-mile range.

Panic notifications enable the vehicle to send an alert to the server if the panic alarm is triggered, dialling emergency services and providing the car's position via GPS - this opens a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with vehicle occupants.

Power also increases for the Soul EV with the bigger battery onboard. In addition to the all-new Soul EV, Kia also debuted two new Soul lines: the GT and the X-Line. The available Harman Kardon audio system now packs 640 watts - twice that of the current Soul - with 10 speakers. When it goes on sale early next year (pricing will be announced near the on-sale date), the Niro EV will be available in two trims, EX and EX Premium, which adds a host of upscale features to the already well-equipped EX.

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