Kia Soul will receive a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and possibly an AWD system

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 13, 2014

Kia Soul is one of company’s bestsellers and in order to keep its crown it will receive additional powertrain options. According to a Kia product planner who spoke with Automobilemag, the Soul will receive a 1.6-liter turbocharge four-cylinder engine found also on the Forte SX Turbo and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

On the mentioned models, the engine delivers 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft from 1,750 – 4,500 rpm. What’s more interesting is that Kia is also planning to add an all-wheel-drive version of the Soul as they receive plenty of requests for such a version from dealers.

Currently, the Kia Soul is only available with 1.6- and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines that deliver 130 hp and 164 hp, respectively.

The model that will receive the turbocharged engine will also get a revised suspension system, but also more powerful brakes. If you remember, Kia introduce the high-performance Track’ster concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and the vehicle used a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine developing 250 hp as well as a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.

Although there are not too many details, the Soul is expected to receive the same all-wheel drive system found on the Sportage crossover. With AWD, the Kia Soul would take on other vehicles such as the Chevrolet Trax and the recently introduced Honda CR-V.

Topics: kia, kia soul, engine, awd

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