Kia Soul facelifted and packing turbo power for Europe image

The South Korean automaker has just taken the wraps off its revised Soul crossover for Europe, which has styling tweaks and most importantly a new 1.6 turbo engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The European specification Soul is most likely headlining the change roster for the 2017 model year US-Soul as well, with the crossover expected to make its first official public appearance during the Paris Motor Show. The model comes with lots of novelties on the menu: subtle design changes, new technology and also a new powertrain combo consisting of new engine and gearbox. Kia’s 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine packing 201 horsepower has been paired to a new even-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the new Soul version looking ready to hit the 60 mph mark in 7.5 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 122 miles per hour. It even has drive modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport.

The new turbo guise looks different on the outside thanks to a modified front bumper, reworked air intakes, dual exhaust pipes, and fresh 18 inch wheels. The 2017 model year redesign brings for the whole Soul family new LED running lights, a redesigned grille, and a new rear bumper, among others. In the cabin there’s an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment system and the Turbo is also getting a black/orange interior trim.