The Kia Soul 1.6 T-GDi has been revealed as the model to spearhead the facelifted Soul range.
With the same 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Cee'd GT, the Soul T-GDi has a power output of 201bhp, with 195lb ft of torque delivered to the front wheels. It can go from 0-62mph from a standstill in 7.5sec, with a top speed of 122mph.
The most powerful Soul in the range doesn't get the GT badge that Kia is poised to apply to more models across its line-up, but it does get upgraded bodywork and interior tweaks over the standard car.
This includes more sportily-styled bumpers and twin exhaust pipes, as well as model-exclusive 18in alloys. Despite the non-GT badging, the car also gets red highlights on its front bumper and sides.
Inside, the Soul T-GDi gets an exclusive colour scheme, with black leather and cloth with orange highlights. Kia has also fitted a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The T-GDi also gets larger brakes, which improve the car’s stopping distance over the regular Soul. Also making its debut on the hottest Soul is a drive mode selector coupled to its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which allows drivers to choose between Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes. The feature also tweaks the weight of the steering.