In the last ad of Kia Soul posted by the brand in north America, have revealed that future developments in the range mechanics of this peculiar model, which enjoys some good sales on the other side of the atlantic. In winter of 2016, as it allows us to see a frame of the advertisement, will hit the market the Kia Soul turbo, with a new motor of gasoline of which there are still many unknowns.
In the beginning, the arrival of the Kia Soul turbo will affect the american market, but who knows if that future version could reach Europe. In addition to the Kia Soul EV electric, currently the Kia Soul is sold in Europe with a 1.6 engine GDi petrol 132 HP and a diesel 1.6 CRDi 128 CV, which we already tested months ago. In north America, in addition to the 1.6 petrol is sold by the 2.0 GDi petrol with 165 horses.
how Simple downsizing or sport version?
Now, we know that the Kia Soul will have turbo engine, but what?. It is logical to think, with the north american market in mind, in the engine 1.6 T-GDi. This four-cylinder supercharged, direct injection delivers 176 horsepower in its standard version, which we tried in the Hyundai Tucson, but it also might come with your variant of 204 HP, which employ sports models such as the Kia pro_ceed GT and that could lead to a Kia Soul GT or some type of sport version. Practically we can rule out that go to mount the motor 2.0 turbo.
Another option that we could shuffle the cards, the less likely for north America, but much more interesting for Europe, would be the introduction of the three-cylinder engine of gasoline 1.0 T-GDi. This would be an exercise in downsizing, offering this mechanism of up to 120 horses, that could be an interesting replacement for the 1.6 GDi, due to their larger better power delivery thanks to the supercharger or just an add-on in the range.
Source – Car & Driver