Kia unveils 2017 Soul Turbo at 2016 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 16, 2016

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has chosen the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the venue for the unveiling of a turbocharged version of its new Kia Soul compact crossover to the North American market. For the 2017 model year, Kia’s Soul range has been made more appealing with the addition of the 2017 Soul Exclaim, a compact crossover with a sporty and dynamic feel. With this, the 2017 Kia is now offered in three versions – base, Plus and Exclaim.

The Soul is one of the reasons why Kia made a sudden surge in the United States, especially in the crossover segment. With a design distinct from fellow compact crossovers, the Kia Soul also managed to attract more customers to Kia by offering a satisfying fuel economy and comfortable ride in a package that is available in a very reasonable price.

Power had been provided for by 1.6- and 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engines, but was not enough to provide a higher level of thrill and excitement. The 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine found in the base Soul delivers only 130 hp of output while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated powerplant in the Soul Plus offers a higher 161 hp. The Exclaim package for the refreshed 2017 Kia Soul is the answer that the carmaker has found to further the SUV’s appeal to customers in North America.

Spec-wise, the 2017 Soul Exclaim gets it juice from a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that could provide Kia 201 hp of max output and 196 lb.-ft. of peak torque. While providing considerably higher levels of output and torque (plus 40 hp and 45 lb.-ft. over the 2.0-liter engine), this turbo unit boasts of better fuel economy at 28 mpg city and highway combined. This engine is paired to a new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that offers quicker and smoother shift points as well as no shift shock.

As the sporty version of the 2017 Soul, the Exclaim is provided with some sportier features as well as specialized trim. For instance, the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim comes with dual chrome twin-tip exhaust, chrome grille surround and exclusive 18-inch wheels, as well as a red-accented body trim and distinctive Soul tailgate badge.

Inside, the Exclaim features leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel as well as pushbutton start with smart key. Making a trip more worthwhile is Kia’s UVO32 infotainment that comes with e-Services with integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also available is the 315-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system -- that includes eight speakers, a center channel and subwoofer – as well as navigation and an eight-inch touchscreen display. Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are also available for the new Kia Soul Exclaim.

Press Release

2017 KIA SOUL TURBO MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW 11/15/16 | ID: 11883

It’s hard to make something great even better, but Kia did when it added a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine to 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 today.

“We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car’s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”

Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine adds 40 horsepower, fuel economy is 28 miles-per-gallon, city and highway combined1—slightly better than the combined mileage of the 2.0-liter normally-aspirated 161-hp engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base 1.6-liter, which produces 130 horsepower.

Performance in the turbocharged Exclaim is further enhanced by the addition of a new 7-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 UVO32 with e-Services with integrated Android Auto™3 and Apple CarPlay ™.4 A thumping 315-watt Harman Kardon®5 premium audio system with eight speakers, including a center channel and subwoofer, navigation and 8-inch touchscreen display is also available. Other new options for the 2017 model year are convenience systems such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are also available6.

The 2017 Soul is available in three trim levels: Base with manual or automatic 6-speed transmission; Soul Plus with the 6-speed automatic; and the Exclaim turbo with the new 7-speed DCT. There are also two new exterior colors. Redesigned headlights and fog lights, along with front and rear fascias lend a more aggressive appearance while the availability of two dedicated USB charge ports and an 8-way power passenger seat add convenience and comfort.

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