Why Kia Soul could be Kia’s first electric car in India

After the Seltos and the Sonnet, Kia needs a vehicle that can fill the gap and expand the lineup. At this time India is on the verge of a big change and the government is also very serious about it.

Kia Soul India
Kia Soul India

┬áKia Soul India Launch Report: Kia Motors is known all over the world for its electric and hybrid cars, Kia is the only company in the European and American market that gives Lifetime or up to 7 years warranty on its vehicles. If we look at Kia’s foreign portfolio, the company has many electric and hybrid cars. Talking about electric cars, Kia e-Niro, Soul EV, Kia EV6 are very much liked among customers and these vehicles are sold abroad. It also comes with a warranty of up to 7 years.

Similarly, Kia also has a wide network of hybrid vehicles which includes Niro Plug-In Hybrid, he New Stonic Mild-Hybrid, Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid, RIO and Sorentro. Going by the design and engine options of these vehicles, there are two vehicles that currently fit in the Indian market, Soul EV and Stonic. Because after the Seltos and the Sonnet, there is a need for a vehicle that can fill the gap and expand the lineup. Right now India is on the verge of a big change and the government is also very serious about it, so an electric vehicle is probably the most important thing right now and in that sense the SOUL EV seems like the right car.

Design: The Kia Soul is quite different from other products in its lineup range with a tallboy design. Key features include sleek full-LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a large front grille, trapezoidal fog lamp casing and sporty 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the car gets boomerang-shaped LED taillights and dual exhausts at the center equipped with chrome.

Long Range Electric Car: The cabin of the Kia Soul gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the higher trims, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other key features include USB port, wireless phone charger, sunroof, steering mounted controls, heads-up-display (HUD), auto AC, mood lighting, power adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. Huh.

Worldwide Success: In the international markets, the Kia Soul is offered with a 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine that is capable of producing 123 PS of maximum power at 6,300 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque at 4,850 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Along with this, 2.0 liter MPI petrol engine has also been given in it.

Talking about the Kia Soul EV, the second-gen model uses a 64 kWh battery pack. Which was a major upgrade from the old 30 kWh unit. This electric motor generates power of 201 hp and torque of 395 Nm. The Kia Soul is capable of accelerating from 0-100 kmph in 7.6 seconds. Which is capable of giving up to 452 km in a single charge.

Lack of good electric cars in the market: Few companies offer their vehicles in the Indian electric car market. However, the EV segment has emerged in other countries. Despite this, companies are continuing their efforts in India. For the time being, it remains to be seen whether Kia forays into the EV segment of India with this electric car, or does the company have some other plan.

Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Arrangements in Anantapur: After the Alcazar based on Hyundai’s Creta, Kia may also launch a new car based on the Seltos in its lineup. Note, that Kia has carved a niche for itself in the market with the Make in India SELTOS and SONET, and in such a situation, if Kia can make a global electric car in India and deliver it to the customers at a reasonable price, then both the Indian customers and Kia Motors will have a better chance. It could be a profitable deal. The company has already sealed its EV production capacity at its Anantapur facility in Andhra Pradesh.

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