The South Korean automaker used its fashionable and quirky hamster-packed commercial series to preview the introduction of a new powertrain for the small crossover.
The latest ad appeared last week and now keen eyes have noticed – besides the rodents singing songs of joy – the fact that Kia teased the introduction of a turbocharged engine into the powertrain lineup. At the very end of the video it reads “turbo (winter 2016).” This means the Soul hatchback will go towards turbo and finally bring more excitement than the 130-hp 1.6-liter and 164-hp 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engines it currently uses for the US market. We didn’t forget the EV model, but at 109 hp there are hardly any reasons to call that one exciting.
We’re hoping for a good addition to the range, such as the 1.6-liter from the Forte5 hatchback and Forte Koup where it develops a good 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm. Transmission choices are most likely a six speed manual and a six speed automatic, again borrowed from the Forte models. Since the official launch date is for the winter inside the 2017 model year, we could be looking at a first reveal sometimes this summer or later during the fall. There are also big chances the Soul would receive an update with design revisions, interior modifications and the addition of the newest UVO infotainment system.