Timed ahead of the market expansion of the Kia Soul EV into Washington State and Oregon, South Korean automaker Kia has just unveiled details of its 2016 model year lineup for the fun, funky electric car.
In addition to making some tweaks to the Kia Soul EV and Kia Soul EV+ trim levels from last year, Kia has added a third trim level aimed to get more people behind the wheel of the five-seat urban wagon. Stripped of some of the features of last year’s entry-level Soul EV, the Kia Soul EV-e becomes the new entry-level Soul EV, and is — according to Kia-World.net –$2,000 cheaper the Soul EV, coming in at $31,950 before incentives.
Despite being lower in price than last year’s entry level Kia Soul EV, the new Kia Soul EV-e comes with an onboard 6.6 kilowatt charger as standard, as well as CHAdeMO DC quick charge capabilities. It also comes with heated front seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-only HVAC controls for improved energy use in single-occupant scenarios, a 3.5-inch OLED instrument cluster, and Kia’s FlexSteer system as standard. Essentially a system that allows drivers to tweak the car’s power steering response on the fly, the FlexSteer system allows drivers to pick between a more responsive, heavy-feeling to the steering for high-speed cruising, or a lighter more remote steering feel for low-speed maneuvers on tight city centre streets.
Promoted to Kia’s mid-level trim for the Soul EV, the 2016 Soul EV adds an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with rearview camera and on-board telematics, as well as a heat pump HVAC system to improve energy use in cold weather and ensure a more uniform energy consumption all year round. It is priced at $33,950 before incentives.
Finally, at the top of the Kia Soul range comes the Kia Soul EV+, which adds LED interior lighting, speaker lights that pulse in time to the six-speaker audio system, full leather interior, ventilated front passenger seats, heated rear seats, front and rear Park Assist, and power folding mirrors. Priced at $35,950, it will also be available with a panoramic sunroof for an additional $1,100.
As with previous years of the Kia Soul, the 2016 Kia Soul EV is rated by the EPA with a 93 miles of range, courtesy of a 27 kilowatt-hour, 200-watt-hour per kilogram lithium-ion battery pack. Air cooled, Kia says the on-board battery pack can be charged from empty to 80 percent in around 33 minutes from a 50 kilowatt CHAdeMO charger.
Also new for all trim levels of the 2016 model year Kia Soul EV is a lockable J1772 charge port, preventing malicious unplugging of your car while it charges, as well as a new illuminated USB and auxiliary socket, making it easier to find the right port to plug your accessories into at night. There are also two new exterior colors available: Shadow Black and Bright Silver.
At the moment the Kia Soul EV is only available to buy in the state of California, but the funky urban car will go on sale in electric car friendly Oregon and Washington State this fall.
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