New 1.6T engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission headline the changes.

Kia hasn't released information about its U.S.-spec 2017 model year Soul just yet, but we'll bet our bottom dollar that these European-market changes are a preview of what's to come. Making its public debut at next week's Paris Motor Show, the updated Soul features subtle styling tweaks, some new technology, and most importantly, a new engine and transmission combination.

The Soul has long been rumored to get turbo power, and that arrives for 2017 in the form of Kia's 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower. Paired with a new, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the turbo Soul is expected to do 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 122 miles per hour. Kia says a trio of drive modes will be available for the Soul T-GDI, with Normal, Eco, and Sport settings.

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Turbo models are set apart from lesser Souls with the addition of a redesigned front bumper, different air intakes, dual exhaust pipes, and unique, 18-inch wheels. Of course, that’s on top of the rest of the 2017 model year design enhancements, which include new LED running lights, a redesigned grille, and a new rear bumper.

Inside, the infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and Turbo models get a black/orange interior color scheme.

We don't have official confirmation about these updates for the U.S.-market Soul, with a Kia spokesperson only saying "We haven't announced 2017 Soul information. However, we have confirmed a Soul turbo is arriving this winter." Stay tuned for for more details, as well as any other info pertaining to the U.S.-spec car. In the meantime, get ready to see the new Soul live from the Paris Motor Show next week, but not before glancing at the pair of images and press release down below.


Source: Kia

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