2018 Kia Soul: Changes, Specs, Mileage, PRice

Kia Soul has proven to be the successful story for the South
Korean Brand despite some similar, boxy-shaped vehicles already
left the production. Kia redesigned the Soul for the 2014 model
year and all electric version arrived a year after. The 2017
version benefits from the turbocharged engine and more standard
features while the EV version is unchanged. As for the 2018 Kia
Soul, there haven’t been indications that Kia is preparing some
significant updates for the conventionally powered versions.
However, the Soul EV is reported to boost its electric range
plus it could feature some interior and styling tweaks.

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul: Design

The current generation Soul is somewhat more aggressively
styled than the iteration before but Kia hasn’t changed much
the base principles of the original. The model manages to be
appealing to the buyers despite the boxy profile, chunky front
end and upright rear could lead to the disaster.

In the context of the styling, the 2018 Kia Soul isn’t expected
to change much and we could see only new details. The EV model
could, however, get more notable tweaks but nothing radical.

The front end will continue with the slim tiger nose grille
while the headlights could be modernized. The front and rear
bumpers will feature pronounced contours and combined with the
profile body lines will add to model’s appearance.

Interior, Features:

Inside the Kia Souls hasn’t been imaged to impress but the
material quality, comfort and equipment availability are good.
The interior also features some sporty bits and controls are
easy to use. The boxy greenhouse provides plenty of the
headroom but passengers will also feel comfortable in the rear.

The Soul will also offer the luxuries like the leather
upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear
seats, power adjustable front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen
interface, etc. but expect most of these in the top trim. The
base version will, however, come on the 16-inch wheels and with
the cloth upholstery but should gain more features than the
current version.

The new model year should also bring more safety features to
the lower trims and model will also offer the advanced safety
kit.

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul: Powertrains

Kia added the turbocharged option for the 2017 version and the
2018 Kia Soul is expected to return with the current engines.
The base version will get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with
the capability of producing 130 hp and torque of 118
pound-feet. This engine should come in the combination with
either six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The 2.0-liter engine will work in the conjunction with
automatic transmission and will deliver 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of
torque. The turbocharged Soul will have a 1.6-liter under the
hood and 201 hp at the disposal. The torque limit will be 195
lb-ft and the transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The EV version should, however, make some changes to its power
hardware. The 109 hp electric motor remains and continues to
produce 210 pound-feet of torque. However, the current 27 kWh
battery should free the space for the larger 30 kWh unit. The
new battery is heavier with its 290 kg compared to the current
277 kg pack. But the voltage is up from 360 V to 375 V. The new
battery also has more cells and all will lead to improved
mileage. From the current 93 miles, the Soul EV should reach to
about 113 miles.

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul: Release date, Price

The 2018 Kia Soul should emerge by the end of this year. The
base version should start from about $16,300 while the EV
version should begin from about $33, 000.