During the media launch for its 2014 Soul on Tuesday (October 1), Kia also announces plans for an all-electric version of the model, dubbed the Soul EV.
Set to hit markets in 2014, the all-electric variant extends the Soul offering, which is already the car company's best-selling vehicle.
"Eco-consciousness already comes standard on the all-new Soul with 85-percent of its materials able to be recycled at the end of its lifespan, and the Soul EV will further demonstrate Kia's engineering capabilities as well as our commitment to producing vehicles with reduced environmental footprints," said Orth Hedrick, executive director of product planning, KMA. "The Soul has always been a terrific choice for drivers in urban environments, and the all-new version's blend of technology, refinement, style, improved dynamics and value has allowed us to create a car that is as efficient as it is fun to drive."
Details and imagery of the 2014 Soul EV were not released at press time. Stay tuned...
The Soul EV will be the second alternative-fuel Kia vehicle to be offered in the U.S. The award-winning Optima Hybrid was introduced in 2011 and for 2013 sees a number of enhancements -- including numerous powertrain refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a more robust 47 HP electric traction motor, a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery.