2017 Kia Soul Turbo Previewed

By Bob Nagy on October 6, 2016 7:30 AM

While Kia’s big news in Paris was the introduction of the next-generation 2017 Rio, the automaker also offered an early look at the European version of the 2017 Soul Turbo. The U.S. model is due by the end of the year. While all members of the 2017 Soul lineup are set to receive modest refresh, this new turbocharged version will pack Kia’s potent 201-horsepower 1.6-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder engine and receive additional design tweaks.

Most powerful Soul yet

Culled from the current Forte, the Soul Turbo’s force-fed engine is backed by Kia’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic in European trim. While power still heads to the front wheels, this crossover can sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and roll on to a top speed of 122 mph. The Soul Turbo also comes with a new Drive Mode Selector that facilitates easy swaps between Eco, Normal and Sport modes. Expect the same to hold true for our Turbo model.

In Euro trim, the new Soul 1.6 T-GDI boasts more aggressive exterior cues including distinctive fascia treatments highlighted by a bolder grille up front and dual exhaust outlets in the rear. Rounding out the remix are unique 18-inch alloy wheels and red accents. The cabin also benefits from a selection Turbo-specific changes starting with black cloth/leather upholstery, orange contrast stitching, a D-shaped steering wheel and a variety of orange highlights.

Upgrades for the entire Soul lineup

Beyond a tidier appearance – that also extends to new interior trim -- the entire range benefits from new features like a rear-seat USB port and rear-view parking camera, available power passenger seat and rain-sensing  wipers. The infotainment systems are upgraded to include smartphone-style functionality while supporting for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert also are on offer for the first time in a Soul.

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The revised 2017 Kia Soul family and new Soul Turbo are set to make their debut in U.S. trim this November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. We’ll have complete details on their powertrain specs, EPA numbers and packaging specifics at that time.

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