After a video advert states its availability by late 2016, Kia may soon release the Soul with a more powerful motor in the form of a turbocharged inline four.
While Kia has yet to go into detail with regards to the powerplant, speculation points towards the 1.6L petrol inline four turbo found in the current Hyundai Veloster and Elantra Sport.
The motor from both models puts out 201 HP and 195 lb/ft of torque, with the veloster hatchback and the Elantra getting a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The Elantra Sport also has a standard 6-speed manual option.
Kia has yet to confirm availability for the turbocharged Soul outside of the US.
Having made its debut in the country in 2009, the Soul only came out with a choice between 1.6L or 2.0L naturally aspirated inline four motors. It came out with a 4-speed transmission that sent power to the front wheels. Nowadays, the second generation Soul can be had with a 1.6-liter U2 turbo-diesel that puts out 126 HP at 4,000 rpm along with 191 lb/ft of torque available between 1,900 – 2,750 rpm.