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2020 Kia Soul Packs a Meaner and More Powerful Punch

by Danny Zepeda | November 30, 2018November 30, 2018 2:30 pm EST

Kia unveiled the third generation of its Soul crossover at the LA Auto Show with a big focus on the future. The 2020 Soul is not only getting a swanky redesign that gives it a striking new look, its powertrains, specifically the electric variant, are getting big improvements.

The new Soul has come a long way since its early years. Sure, the base design is still very similar, but it looks much more futuristic. Just take a look at its front fascia—it’s like something out of The Jetsons with the headlight and foglight design cutting across.

Under the hood lives three different engines. The first is a 1.6-liter inline four cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 201 horsepower. It’ll be available with a dual-clutch transmission. The second is a 2.0-liter inline four that produces 147 horsepower and will be the entry engine model. It’ll also be the only one of the new models to be available with a manual transmission.

The third and most intriguing model is the new Soul EV that will come with a 64kWh battery. Early estimates from Inside EV peg it to have a range of 240 miles, though that hasn’t been confirmed by the EPA. If that does turn out to be the range, it’ll be 129 miles more than the current Soul EV offers, marking a big improvement.

Power-wise, it’ll be the most powerful of the bunch with 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Similar to the current gen Soul EV, the 2020 model will come with smart breaking that regenerates power to improve range.

Kia did not announce pricing, but the base model will likely start around $16,490 the current Soul goes for.

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