Thai importer is once again selling the funky-looking MPV with an improved electric drivetrain.
Yontrakit Kia Motor has introduced the all-new Soul EV in Thailand targeting buyers wanting a battery-electric vehicle equipped with the latest in technology and an array of features made standard.
Priced at 2.387 million baht, the funky-looking MPV gets a 204hp electric motor and 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The previous-generation model, which sold for 2.297 million baht, came with 110hp electric system and 30kWh battery.
This drivetrain is shared with the top model of the Kona Electric from sister-brand Hyundai, which asks for a slightly lower 2.259 million baht.
While Hyundai quotes 546km driving range for the Kona Electric using the older NEDC mode, Kia cites 452km record under the more stringent and topical WLTP cycle.
Although the Soul EV is the priciest BEV in the mass-market scene, it has been comprehensively kitted with features like auto brake hold, electric seats, digital instrument panel and head-up display. The 1.99 million baht Nissan Leaf doesn’t have any of these.
Some safety features in the Soul EV, which is imported from Korea in completely built-up form, include six airbags, automatic cruise control, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
The most attractively priced BEV so far is the MG ZS EV which comes from China facing no import duty. It’s priced at 1.19 million baht and features 150hp of power and 44.5kWh battery.
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