Kia Soul turbo bows in San Francisco
It’s hard to make something great even better, but Kia did when it added a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine to the Soul
Kia has added a 201 hp turbocharged engine to the Soul, one of its best-selling, most-iconic and most beloved vehicles.
Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim didn’t disappoint when it was revealed to media.
Though the 1.6-litre turbo engine adds 40 hp is slightly better than the combined mileage of the 2.0-litre normally aspirated 161 hp engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base 1.6-litre, which produces 130 hp.
Performance in the turbocharged Exclaim is further enhanced by the addition of a new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which, via quicker and smoother shift points and no shift shock, makes for more dynamic acceleration and contributes to a more engaging driving experience.
In addition to the turbo engine, the Exclaim includes specialized trim and sportier features, including: exclusive 18-inch wheels; red-accented body trim; chrome grille surround, unique Soul tailgate badge; and, for the first time on Soul, dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.
The Exclaim also gets a standard leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel, pushbutton start with smart key and UVO3 with e-Services with integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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