• Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
A few days before its on-stage reveal at the Chicago Auto Show, the production version of the 2015 Kia Soul EV has been spotted, tagged and bagged in this series of spy shots. On the EV captured by our photographer's lens, we can see unusual baby blue accents on top, on the mirrors and up front, as well as a closed-off "Tiger Nose" that is both taller and larger than the grille on the standard Soul. The special "Eco Electric" badge on the sides is useful for identifying the car in the picture, but we can't imagine it'll make the transition to showroom floor (at least, we hope).

The Soul EV's rear side is different, too, with the bottom lights moved lower and the design of the main taillights tweaked a bit (compare our spy shots gallery to the standard model here). The wheels get a fresh five-spoke design as well.

What lies under the new exterior? Some things we already know. The Soul is supposed to have a "class-leading" range of over 120 miles on a charge thanks to a 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The electric motor offers 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque to create a 0-62 mile per hour time of under 12 seconds and a top speed of around 90 mph.

What we can't see in these shots is a window sticker, but from what we've heard before, the Soul EV, "won't be priced to stimulate demand." Early predictions put the price at $35,000-$40,000 US – before government incentives – when the car launches in the US in the second half of this year. The gas-powered Soul starts at $14,400. We should learn more in Chicago later this week.


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      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because the Koreans have had such a good track record with MPGs and fuel efficiency, why wouldn't we buy their crappy EV? Buy an EV from a company that knows what it's doing.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      If ur gonna pay Volt money , might as well have the real thing.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      So he's driving around with big stickers on his Kia announcing it's electric then wants to block the camera?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        They were filming a commercial (or other PR) and might have been wanting a closed set. But, anytime you're in public, anyone can take a photo.
      Aaron N
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody else happy that a manufacturer is starting to use a body color grille insert for their EVs? This looks extremely attractive for mass produced EV.
        danfred311
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron N
        Extremely attractive? you are easily pleased :)
          Aaron N
          • 1 Year Ago
          @danfred311
          I said for a mass produced EV, rather than a niche market, low volume EV like the Tesla Model S.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @danfred311
          Aaron, I fully expect Tesla to double the sales of this Soul EV sales. No way this conversion EV out sells Tesla, IMO. I think Tesla out sold the Leaf and Volt last quarter Though there are more buyers with a 27k dollars than those with 100k plus after tax incentives of course.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note to automakers: Please stop making your least aerodynamic vehicles into EVs!
        Sahngseok Lee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        First, aerodynamics isn't really important in Korea because it's all congested wherever you go. You would barely exceed 40MPH while driving in Seoul. Only during the midnight you can exceed that speed. Second, aerodynamics doesn't really affect much on fuel efficiency under 50MPH. Soul is a kind of car more focused on urban use than highway use. Third, it has more room for the battery. High sitting position means more room under the floor. Look Ford Focus Electric - its battery is located behind the rear seats, and it significantly harms its functionality. On the contrary, Soul has quite a tall height and is easier to be transformed into an EV.
          danfred311
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sahngseok Lee
          Fourth, you are wrong on all counts.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sahngseok Lee
          @ Sahngseok Lee Thank you for your sensible reply.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sahngseok Lee
          But... most buyers in the USA will not be operating this in Seoul.. ;) Aerodynamics come into play heavily at 50mph and the exponential curve starts getting WAY worse the faster you go. Here's something to think about. Kia soul: 30mpg highway Kia rio: 37mpg highway Hyundai elantra: 38mpg That's a pretty huge difference in fuel economy. considering that these 3 cars all have the same engine. Same thing with the Toyota XB using the same engine as other cars which are more aerodynamic. Is a little extra utility and a box shape really worth taking a ~20% increase in energy use at highway speed? maybe it isn't too bad for a gasoline car, but for an EV, where range is critical and the price of battery affects value greatly.... doesn't this just seem stupid?
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sahngseok Lee
          This is the CHICAGO auto show. Presumably the car will be for sale in the USA. And aerodynamics does matter for speeds in the 35 to 50 mph range.
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ask yourself one question, is that car aerodynamic? Does that mean it will waste a lot of expensive battery in the wind on the freeway? yes it does. Does that mean KIA is populated by morons? Yes. Yes it does.
        Tyler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred311
        I think eventually it will be important for you to realize that some people want an electric car that offers them the space and utility of their normal vehicle. Given the Soul is actually quite spacious inside, this makes more sense than you may think. Morons they are not.
          danfred311
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tyler
          I must have missed that. Thanks for correcting me.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tyler
          Whats this? A new improved DF? Your response was comical to me Mr Freedrickson. Sorry for butchering the spelling of your name. I must admit even Tesla's are not as easy to get out of or into as my very long doors on the Yari.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the hell did they electrify a highly non-aerodynamic car.. There is no way that it can go over 120 miles. Maybe in the city, but not at high speed! Unless.. despite it's aerodynamics, they have a 133% efficient electric motor.. lol
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It may not be the most aerodynamic, but most likely this car will be used as a urban and/or fleet vehicle and aerodynamics aren't super important at city speeds. I wish that the price were lower but other than that this is a pretty good move by Kia.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's definitely a cute electric hamster. Would I plunker my money down on an electric KIA? Not just yet....
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's very brave of you autoblog to upload the pics of angry Kia test crew's face!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      120 mile range is quite good.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better hurry on selling these before the new Tesla comes out for the same price, better performance and range, and no doubt better looking.
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        What new Tesla? Tesla hasn't even said anything about a compact CUV. And the Tesla Model S is $20,000+ more than this.
        MTN RANGER
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        New Tesla is 3+ years away.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      the first car to run on a hamster-powered electric turbine.
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