The 2019 Kia Soul EV was spied in winter and it looks like it will finally offer a four-wheel drive variant.
The new generation of Kia Soul is based on a new platform originally designed for front-wheel drive applications, but also offers an all-wheel drive option that the Korean automaker is likely to take advantage of consumer demand. The prototype photographed by spy photographers carries a lot of heavy camouflage, but we can say that the soul will retain its general shape. What’s more interesting is the possibility of having stacked headlights, giving the front a new personality.
The next-generation Kia Soul that will be offered in two flavors, with the all-wheel drive model inspired by the robust Trail’ster concept, while the front-wheel drive version remains more pedestrian with a sporty appeal.
Kia currently offers a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and EV Electric Soul. The continued existence of 2019 Kia Soul EV is virtually assured. Internal combustion powertrains are where things get interesting. Sources suggest that although the Kona / Stonic will offer a mechanical AWD system, the Soul could have rear wheels driven by an electric motor. It could be similar to what Kia used in the Trail’ster concept car that he exhibited in 2015, and would mean adding a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant to the lineup.
We expect the 2019 model to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of the year and will go on sale shortly thereafter. We do not expect the base price of the soul to move much. The current car starts at $ 17,095.