“Quirky,” “Cute,” “At least better looking than that wretched Scion toaster.” Those are the words used to describe Kia’s venerable “Soul. “Power,” “Zoom,” and “Kick a**,” have never been in the lexicon. All that is changing. According to MSN Autos, the new turbocharged Soul is set for a winter 2016 launch. Those hamsters had better be lifting weights.
The engine option in question is likely the same 1.6-liter turbo-four found in various Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The Forte, Optima, Sonata, Tucson, and Veloster all have a turbo box that can be checked on the options list.
Per Auto Blog, all-wheel drive on the turbo-Soul seems like a given. That prediction is based on Hyundai’s approach to the Tucson, and Kia’s past few concepts. The Soul, presented as a CUV (compact utility vehicle) would seem a natural for the all-wheel approach.
The only remaining question has to do with transmission choices. For sure, a seven-speed dual clutch automatic is in the works. Will a six-speed manual be offered,as well? So far, Kia is mum on those answers. Potential buyers will have to wait until closer to the Christmas-or-so launch. The news of the turbo was first revealed in an advertisement tease on a TV spot. Perhaps the appealing “Hamstars” (Kia’s name for them) will dish about the transmission in spots to come.
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings