Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia | posted September 26, 2016 07:56
Coupled to new 7-speed DCT
The Soul will indeed receive a new engine after the automaker revealed the refreshed crossover with a 1.6-liter turbocharged motor. According to Kia, the 1.6-liter T-GDI is their latest addition to the model's lineup and is also their most powerful Soul to date.
The Soul's new turbocharged engine is derived from the cee'd GT and produces 203 PS. It is then mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and also benefits from a new Drive Mode Selector. With it, Kia said that drivers will be able to select from three different steering settings; Eco, Normal and Sport.
It also gets bigger front brakes than standard variants to shave off speed quicker. Measuring at 17-inches, the ventilated front discs reduces the stopping distance of the Soul to 35.3 meters at speeds of up to 97 km/h (down from 35.5 meters).
In order to distinguish itself from non-turbo models, Kia also gave the 1.6-liter T-GDI Soul tweaks in its exterior and interior. For starters, it gets a bolder front grill, revised air intake design, dual exhausts and distinct ten-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Completing it all are the red accents that can be seen on the front bumper and side sills.
No cabin images were provided but Kia claimed that T-GDI Soul will benefit from a unique cabin color scheme. It will also get a cloth-leather upholstery with orange contrast stitching, flat-bottomed steering wheel and an orange-colored gear lever.
Standard models of the Soul also get their a plethora of exterior and interior upgrades added Kia. All refreshed models now get HID headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) as standard, along with a slightly reworked tiger nose grill. Revised taillights also make their way on the updated Soul.
Gloss black and metallic trim pieces spruce up cabin ambiance, while new infotainment systems will allow users to fully integrate their phones. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are now available in the mini crossover and can even come with the following: reverse camera, new USB port for rear occupants, 8-way power adjustable passenger seat and rain-sensing wipers.
Kia was also able to install Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) for better all-around safety.
The new turbocharged Kia Soul will be making its public debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show.