Tugrik wrote:Greetings! New to the forum. I'll keep this short: my Leaf lease is up in 2 months and I'm going to lease a Kia Soul EV in its place. I picked the Soul after much test-driving and comparing of all the EV options available here in the SF Bay Area, and knowing my wallet can't afford a Tesla. My only real question is if anybody knows about what month of the year the 2017 Soul EV model will come out.
The rumors all say the battery life will be mildly improved (the important part), the interior should be notably improved (less important but cool) and the exterior may get a looks update (not a huge worry). But none of the rumors say just when a 2017 model might be released, so I don't know if it's worth waiting.
I'd just hate to start up a 3 year lease to find out that if I'd waited until July (or whatever month 2017 model year releases) I could have gotten one with a bigger battery pack!
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Soul EV: the Soul EV facelift is also in the works and you can expect it hit the market late next year, labeled as the 2018 Soul EV. It may not feature many cosmetic changes, but it will for sure offer a longer range.
JejuSoul wrote:Also mentions Automatic Emergency Braking system (AEB) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
Improved motor 81.4 --> 88 kilowatt motor ; 285 --> 295 Newton meters of torque
The top speed will be 165 km/h from 145 km/h.