Kia Soul gets turbo four in Europeby Ronan Glon
The turbo four will likely make its way across the Atlantic before the end of the year.
Kia has turbocharged its Soul in Europe.
Power is provided by a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower. If those specifications sound familiar, it's likely because the turbo four already powers a handful of Kia models including the Veloster Turbo and the Cee'd GT that's sold only in Europe.
The 1.6-liter spins the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that's also new to the Soul lineup. The new drivetrain sends the Soul from zero to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 122 mph. Bigger brakes up front slightly reduce the distance it takes to come to a full stop.
In Europe, the turbo four is accompanied by minor visual changes, including redesigned bumpers with skid plate-look trim on select trim levels. Inside, Kia has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two features that are still rare on the other side of the pond. Finally, the Euro Soul gains a rear-view camera and a USB port for the rear passengers, and it can be ordered with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat as well as rain-sensing wipers.
The Kia Soul Turbo will make its public debut later this week during the Paris Auto Show, and the U.S.-spec model is expected to debut before the end of the year. It could land at the Los Angeles Auto Show, or Kia could simply choose to introduce it online.