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Kia gets a more powerful Soul

New turbocharged engine linked to new 7-speed dual clutch transmission

Published: November 9, 2016, 8:40 PM
Updated: November 14, 2016, 6:09 AM

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

2017 Kia Soul Turbo engine

One of the things that auto critics were asking for in the Kia Rio, from its very introduction in 2008, was more power, and especially the turbo engine that came into the second generation compact Koup in 2013.

Well their wishes have come true with the announcement that the 201-hp 1.6-litre direct injected 4-cylinder would be dropped into a new Soul Exclaim for 2017, adding 40 hp and 45 lb-ft to the Soul’s present top-of-line 2.0 4-cylinder’s 161 hp and 151 lb-ft.

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

“We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors America. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car’s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”

Also part of the package is a new 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic Transmission (DCT), with quick and smooth shift points to enhance the enhanced acceleration of the more powerful engine, chrome grille surround, exclusive 18-inch wheels, red accented body trim and unique tailgate badge, and dual chrome tailpipe tips.

2017 Kia Soul Turbo interior

The interior gets a leather flat-bottom steering wheel, push button ignition, the latest UVO infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, and integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 315-watt 8-speaker (with subwoofer) Harman Kardon premium audio system.

New driving aids have also been added to the 2017 Soul, in the form of optional Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.