Kia Soul Name Trademarked In India: Will The Brand Introduce Petrol & EV Powertrains?

According
to
media
reports,
the
company
began
evaluating
the
launch
after
Kia
receiving
customer
feedback
at
the
2020
Auto
Expo.
Now,
Kia
seems
to
have
decided
on
bringing
the
crossover
SUV
to
the
Indian
market.
The
Kia
Soul
is
currently
sold
in
various
international
markets.
The
crossover
SUV
is
offered
with
both
IC
engine
and
electric
powertrain
options.
The
Soul
EV
was
awarded
the
2020
World
Urban
Car
Of
The
Year.
Speaking
about
the
Soul’s
powertrain
options,
the
petrol
variant
of
the
crossover
SUV
feature
two
engine
options.
This
includes
the
2.0-litre,
four-cylinder,
naturally-aspirated
unit
that
produces
a
maximum
of
146bhp
and
a
peak
torque
132Nm
of
torque;
mated
to
either
a
six-speed
manual
or
an
IVT
automatic
transmission.
The
top-spec
variants
of
the
SUV
are
offered
with
a
1.6-litre
turbocharged
engine
that
dishes
out
a
maximum
of
200bhp
and
a
peak
torque
of
195Nm;
mated
to
a
seven-speed
dual-clutch
transmission
as
standard.
Due
to
the
increasing
demand
for
electric
vehicles
in
the
country,
the
company
could
also
bring
the
Soul
EV
crossover
SUV
to
India.
The
Kia
Soul
EV
is
offered
in
two
variants
in
international
markets.
The
lower-spec
variants
feature
a
39.2kWh
battery
pack
that
produces
a
maximum
of
135bhp
and
395Nm
of
peak
torque.
The
maximum
driving
range
is
rated
at
277km
on
a
single
charge
as
per
the
WLTP
cycle.
On
the
other
hand,
the
top-spec
variant
of
the
Soul
EV
features
a
larger
64kWh
battery
pack
that
produces
a
maximum
of
201bhp
and
395Nm
of
peak
torque.
It
features
a
(WLTP)
maximum
claimed
driving
range
of
452km
on
a
single
charge.
The
Soul
features
a
modern
and
sleek
looking
design
with
a
tall-riding
stance
making
for
a
roomier
cabin.
It
features
sleek-looking
LED
headlamps
with
integrated
DRLs.
At
the
rear
the
C-shaped
tail
lamps
have
merged
with
a
light
bar
running
at
top
of
the
boot
lid,
giving
the
crossover
compact
SUV
a
modern
look.
Most
of
the
design
features
are
shared
between
the
Soul
and
the
Soul
EV
with
subtle
changes
made
to
the
electric
SUV.
Most
of
the
design
changes
on
the
Soul
EV
are
made
on
the
front
to
create
a
more
aerodynamic
design.
Other
features
on
the
Soul
includes
a
10.25
touchscreen
infotainment
system
that
supports
Apple
CarPlay,
Android
Auto
and
the
brand’s
UVO
connected
technology,
fully
digital
OLED
display
for
the
instrument
console,
wireless
charging,
ventilated
seats,
ambient
lights,
emergency
braking,
lane
keep
assist,
wireless
phone
charger,
a
head-up
display,
and
blind-spot
monitoring
system;
among
a
host
of
other
features.
Thoughts
About
The
Kia
Soul
Name
Trademarked
In
India
Kia
recently
did
a
complete
brand
makeover
in
the
Indian
market
with
a
new
logo
and
brand
name.
The
company
is
looking
to
follow
that
up
with
the
introduction
of
the
Soul
crossover
SUV.
The
demand
for
SUV
and
electric
models
are
increasing
by
the
day
in
India.
Whether
Kia
India
will
launch
the
Soul
EV
in
the
country,
remains
to
be
seen.
Source: DriveSpark.com