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2017 Kia Soul Adds Some Turbo Goodness

The Kia Soul is one of the funkiest vehicles on sale today thanks in part to its boxy design. Now, there's another reason for its funkiness.
Posted: November 10, 2016 - 9:06AM
Author: Will Maley

Kia has announced the 2017 Soul! (Exclaim as will be calling here) will swap the 2.0L four-cylinder for an all-new turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder. The engine produces 201 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque - an increase of 40 horsepower and 45 pound-feet of torque compared to the 2.0L. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is the only choice.

Aside from the turbo engine, the Exclaim features some unique exterior touches such as a chrome grille surround, body trim with red accents, 18-inch wheels, and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust. Standard equipment for the Exclaim includes push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8.0-inch touchscreen with UVO3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and a couple of USB ports. The option list features blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 315-watt Harman/Kardon audio system.

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

At the moment, Kia hasn't announced pricing or when the 2017 Soul Exclaim will go on sale.

Pic Credit: Kia