Kia Mohave displayed at Auto Expo 2018

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Kia Motors has made its India debut with a bang by showing 16 cars along with the international reveling of its SP concept at the Auto Expo 2018. In the pool of conventional and plug-in hybrid cars showcased, there is one all-electric vehicle that has managed to make its way to the Kia pavilion. It is the Soul EV, an all-electric form of the Soul crossover. The Kia EV is already on sale international along with its IC-powered sibling. The large SUV offers three rows of seating and is loaded with typically expected features like three-zone climate control, powered boot lid, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC), all-round camera view, lane departure warning system and sightless spot detection.

The design is a polarising one. The Soul’s boxy silhouette and bland design looks boring and makes the Kia feel more like a jacked up hatchback than a crossover. Up front, it gets a ‘tiger nose grill’ – it’s not a conservative front grill as it houses the charging port. The grill is flanked by upswept, wraparound dual-barrel projector headlamps. Around the back, the Soul EV gets enormous privacy glass for the back windshield which limits the LED cluster tail-lamps and the higher half of the tailgate to lend the EV an interesting look. The Kia crossover also gets body cladding trying to impart it a rugged look but it does not help the cause.