Kia is working on a redesign of its Soul subcompact crossover SUV, and part of the plan is a repeat of the current model's electric option.
A prototype for the new Soul EV has just been spotted at the Nürburgring and on some of the German racetrack's surrounding roads.
We know it's the electric version of the redesigned Soul because of its missing exhaust system and small flap in the camouflage material covering the grille. The flap is most likely for access to a charging port. The spy video below also confirms a silent powertrain, with most noise emanating from the tires.
Kia in June unveiled a Niro EV. The electric compact crossover features lithium-polymer battery options of 39.2 and 64 kilowatt-hours, which deliver about 150 and 280 miles, respectively. It's possible the smaller of these makes its way into the new Soul EV.
The current Soul EV has a 30-kwh battery good for 111 miles of range.
The Soul's latest redesign represents the nameplate's third iteration. We should see it arrive on the market in 2019 as a 2020 model. The starting price of the electric version will likely come in close to the current model's $33,145 sticker.