Kia to Turbocharge Soul

Yes, the Kia Soul is attention-grabbing and maybe you don't want people to watch as you take your fourth attempt to parallel park in that slightly-too-small spot right outside where you need to be. But think of it this way: there's no way drivers changing lanes will miss you in their mirrors or over their shoulders. The boxy design also means that you have an unobstructed view in all directions from the driver's seat, even with the chunky rear pillars. While you'd never call the driving experience "spirited", the transmission is smooth and there's enough power on tap to qualify the overall performance as "peppy".

Kia’s hamster pals are back in a video the company posted today to its YouTube channel to promote the 2016 Kia Soul range.

There’s nothing out of the ordinary to see here (save for a whole lot of hipsters jamming with a band of rodents) until the 1:45 mark, where you see the range of models listed under the stylized “SOUL” logo, plugging the gas, electric and… turbo(!) variants of the boxy hatchback.

It would appear Kia is gearing up to add a turbocharged version to the lineup, most likely using the 1.6L turbo four-cylinder the company already bolts into its Forte and Optima models, and shared with parent company Hyundai, which uses the motor in the Veloster and Tucson.

We expect the turbo Soul to boast the same 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque as the Forte; we’re hopeful the specifications will also include the six-speed manual this engine comes paired with in the two-door Forte Koup.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.