2016 Kia Soul EV Adds $2,000 Cheaper Entry-Level Model, New Equipment

Kia has added a new trim level for the 2016 Soul EV, which lowers the price of the vehicle by $2,000. There’s a catch, however: the Soul EV-e model is only available in California.

The other states in which the Soul EV is available (Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas and Washington) will continue to offer only two trim levels – Soul EV and Soul EV+.

The new Soul EV-e model offers a long list of standard equipment at a lower price point, while the Soul EV+ continues as the range-topping trim and is further enhanced for 2016 with the addition of the Sun & Fun Package.

In addition, all Kia Soul EV models get additional standard features for 2016 including a charge port nozzle lock, an illuminated Aux/USB port and two new exterior colors: Shadow Black and Bright Silver.

Priced from $32,775 ($25,275 if the federal tax credit is deducted), the new Soul EV-e model offers a long list of standard features including a DC fast charge port, 6.6-killowatt onboard charger, 3.5-inch OLED Supervision cluster, smart key with push button start and a driver-only ventilation function that closes the passenger vents to help maximize efficiency based on vehicle occupancy. The Soul EV-e also includes heated front seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and FlexSteer.

However, compared to the $34,775 Soul EV, it lacks a battery-heating system, heat-pump HVAC, navigation system, backup camera, UVO EV connectivity services, cargo screen, and turn-signal side mirrors.

For 2016, the popular Soul EV+ gains a new available Sun & Fun Package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights that pulse to the beats of the six-speaker audio system. Standard EV+ features include ventilated front passenger seats, heated rear outboard seats, leather trimmed seats, front and rear Park Assist, and power folding mirrors.

Nothing changes from a technical point of view, with the Soul EV offering an EPA estimated range of 93 miles (150 km) from its 27-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

PHOTO GALLERY

The Koenigsegg Regera Is A 1,500 HP Single-Gear Torque Monster

A twin-turbo V8 and no less than three electric motors are mated to a revolutionary transmission.

Army Green Wide-Body Audi RS6 Avant Is Ready For The Apocalypse

This matte green RS6 comes from South Africa and has been fitted with many custom parts.

Toyota Could Kill Off Some U.S. Models If Trump Enforces Tariffs

Depending on Trump’s decision, some might be produced locally while others could be withdrawn.

Breaking: Sergio Marchionne Out As FCA and Ferrari CEO Following Complications With Surgery

Marchionne’s condition has “worsened significantly in recent hours” .

Is $65,000 Crazy Money For A 2019 Ram 1500 Truck?

The Ram 1500 Limited is the nameplate’s flagship version, costing as much as a base-spec Porsche Cayenne.

Trade Secrets From GM, Toyota, Tesla, More Exposed After Data Breach

Anyone with an internet connection and some knowledge could access sensitive information.

Bugatti Recalls Two Chirons, Will Fly The Seats To France To Fix The Airbags

Bugatti goes to great lengths to ensure it takes good care of its vaunted customers, .

Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth Destroyed By Fire After Rally Crash

Ken Block’s Ford Escort is no more, but thankfully both he and his co-driver got out without any injuries.

New BMW X5 Makes Dynamic Video Debut In Official Launch Film

The fourth-gen X5 is more mature and versatile than ever and is priced closely to its predecessor .

Dark Blue 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Cuts A Dash On The Streets Of Montreal

It might not look as elegant as its predecessor, but it sure is a lot more aggressive .