Speaking at the launch of the facelifted Kia Sorento in Barcelona, Kia’s European Marketing President, Benny Oeyen, confirmed that “Kia’s all new Soul will come to Europe as an electric car.”
Oeyen also confirmed that the Soul will be a completely new car, not a facelift, when it is launched in 2013. The next Soul will only get subtle styling tweaks, though, in keeping with demand from the US market where the Soul sells well to younger buyers.
The conventionally-powered Soul will make its debut at either the Chicago show in February, or may be delayed slightly owing to better television coverage of the New York Motor Show in March.
The Soul will become Kia’s first mass-exported electric car, following the electric Ray, which was shown at the Paris Motor Show. The Ray is powered by a 50kW that has a range of 86 miles.