The Kia Soul is one of the most popular models made by the Koreans, and it’s about to get a new addition to the family.
The all electric Soul EV is already here, and there are also new powertrains planned, starting with a modified version of the 1,6L turbocharged 4-cylinder that is found in the Forte SX Turbo and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.
Kia dealers have also repeatedly asked for an all-wheel drive version of the Soul 4×4, and that is indeed a possibility.
Kia Soul turbo
The 201-horsepower delivered by the turbo engine is certainly a good deal more powerful than the current 1,6L and 2,0L engines in the current line-up, which deliver 130 and 164-horsepower, respectively.
A source tell us that Kia engineers are hard at work in efforts to improve the braking components and suspension so that they can handle the extra power that a turbo engine would deliver.
This all points to a performance oriented Soul, much like the SX turbo versions of the Forte Koup and Forte 5.
A performance Soul really isn’t that surprising, especially when you consider the 2.0L turbo and 6-speed manual transmission that were found on the Track’ster concept that appeared at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
4×4 Kia Soul AWD
Not as much is known about a potential all-wheel drive Soul, as that appears to be something that is still a while away from production.
As such, it’s impossible to predict which powertrain would appear on it, although the best bet would likely be the same system found on the Kia Sportage.
The benefit of a Soul 4×4 AWD for Kia would be to have an entry in the incredibly popular subcompact crossover segment.
Their biggest rivals in that segment would likely be the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur crossover vehicles.
We will keep you updated on all the news about the Kia Soul family in the coming weeks and months.