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.