We shared Kia’s newest Soul ad last week as we found it quite entertaining with all those rodents singing songs of joy. There was more to the ad than just hamsters and people coming together to send a positive message, as at the end of the video C&D discovered that it said “turbo (winter 2016).” That means Kia’s boxy hatchback will finally embrace turbocharging and pack more punch than the 130-hp 1.6-liter and 164-hp 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engines currently on offer, alongside the 109-hp EV model.
So, what will power the turbocharged Soul? One possibility is the 1.6-liter from the Forte5 hatchback and Forte Koup where it generates a healthy 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm. Kia could possibly sell the Soul turbo with both a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic as it’s the case with the two Fortes.
The turbocharged Soul will go on sale this winter for the 2017 model year, so an official reveal could take place this fall. Besides getting a new engine, chances are the Soul is going to be facelifted as well since a camouflaged prototype was spotted at the beginning of the year. Aside from some mild body revisions, the interior will also be tweaked and will receive Kia's latest UVO infotainment system.
Source: Kia via blog.caranddriver.com