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Next Kia Soul EV to borrow Kona tech?

The gasoline-powered Soul will use numerous components from the Kona, too.

The third generation of the Kia Soul is beginning to take shape. Industry sources who anonymously spoke to a South Korean news outlet shed insight into what we can expect from the model.

The sources told ET News that Kia will make the next-gen Soul more rugged than the current model. It's being designed inside and out with American buyers in mind. It will be bigger than its predecessor (pictured) and it will look more like an SUV.

The updated sheet metal will hide a platform also found under the recently-introduced Hyundai Kona. The two soft-roaders will also share numerous mechanical components, including the Hyundai's naturally-aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will most likely be offered at an extra cost.

The all-electric variant of the Soul will return. And, unsurprisingly, it will benefit from the technology ushered in by the Kona Electric, a model scheduled to make its public debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show. ET News learned the battery-powered Soul will offer over 186 miles of range. There's no word yet on whether the Soul and the Kona will use the exact same battery pack, or if they'll merely share battery technology.

The third-generation Kia Soul will make its public debut before the end of the year. We expect it to arrive in showrooms in time for the 2019 model year, though the firm hasn't released an official time frame yet.

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