In the latest announcement of the Kia Soul, published by the brand in North America, future developments in the mechanical range of this peculiar model, which enjoys good sales on the other side of the Atlantic were disclosed. In winter of 2016, as you leave to see a frame of the ad, you will reach the market the Kia Soul turbo, with a new engine gasoline of which there are still many unknowns.
At first, the arrival of the Kia Soul turbo affect the American market, but who knows if that future version could reach Europe. In addition to the electric Kia Soul EV, the Kia Soul is now sold in Europe with a 1.6 engine GDi 132 HP petrol and 1.6 diesel CRDi 128 CV we already tested months ago. In North America, in addition to the 1.6 petrol, marketed the 2.0 GDi 165 horsepower gasoline.
Simple downsizing or sporty version?
Now we know that the Kia Soul will have turbo engine, but which one?. On the one hand stands to reason, with the North American market in mind, the engine 1.6 T-GDi. This supercharged four-cylinder with direct injection delivers 176 horses in its standard version, which we tested in the Hyundai Tucson, but also could come with its variant of 204 HP, employing sports models like Kia pro_cee´d GT and which could result in a Kia Soul GT or any type of sports version. We can practically rule out to assemble the engine 2.0 turbo.
Another option that we could shuffle, less likely to North America but much more interesting for Europe, would be the introduction of cylinder gasoline engine 1.0 T-GDi. This would be an exercise in downsizing, offering this mechanic of up to 120 horses, which could be an interesting replacement for the 1.6 GDi due to its greater better power delivery due to overfeeding or simply a complement in the range.
Source – Car & Driver