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.