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Kia Hints That an All-Wheel-Drive Soul EV is Coming to Chicago

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The Kia Soul EV could soon get all-wheel drive capability. Kia hinted as much today stating that it will reveal an electric all-wheel-drive concept at next month’s Chicago auto show.

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Kia also released a teaser photo of the concept’s front fender and it’s pretty clear that it’s based on the Soul EV. The automaker says its design team in California created the concept, and it appears their source of inspiration came from other pseudo-rugged soft-roaders like the Audi Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country that sport contrast body cladding along the wheel wells and lower edges of the bumpers and rocker panels.

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The addition of all-wheel drive capability would certainly give the Soul EV an edge among competitors like the Ford Focus EV and Nissan Leaf. For now, those wanting an all-electric all-wheel-drive car have to pay a pretty penny for the dual-motored Tesla Model S.

The current 2015 Kia Soul EV features a 27-kW-hr battery and a 109-hp electric motor that drives the front wheels. It runs from 0 to 60 mph in around 9 seconds and has an EPA-estimated range of 93 miles.

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The reveal is still a few weeks away so there’s a chance Kia will drop more details about this concept before then.

Source: Kia

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