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2017 Kia Soul to get gasoline turbo?

2017 Kia Soul to get gasoline turbo? image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia | posted June 01, 2016 11:38

Kia may update Soul with turbocharged gasoline inline-four

The Kia Soul may soon be available with a turbocharged gasoline engine after the company released a new video advert stating it will be available by the end of 2016.

Kia did not go into detail as to what engine will they drop in the Soul, but it will likely be the 1.6-liter turbo inline-four currently available in the 2016 Veloster and Elantra Sport.

In both models, the turbocharged inline-four doles out 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque. Both the hatchback and sedan get a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox but the Elantra Sport is also available with a standard 6-speed manual.

The Kia Soul Turbo (Winter 2016)

The company has yet to detail whether it will be available in other markets beside the US.

First launched in the country back in 2009, the first-generation Kia Soul was only available with either a 1.6- or 2.0-liter gasoline engines. It was mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission that powered the front wheels. Today however, the second-generation Soul is solely propelled by a 1.6-liter U2 turbo-diesel that puts out 128 PS at 4,000 rpm along with 260 Nm of torque available between 1,900 – 2,750 rpm.