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.
As is usual for the more powerful cars among manufacturers’ lineups, the T-GDi will be the most expensive Soul to run, with CO2 emissions of 156g/km and fuel economy slightly less than the Ceed GT’s 38.2mpg, due to the Soul's less aerodynamic shape. An official fuel economy figure is yet to be confirmed, though.
Kia has launched this new car as part of the facelifted Soul range, which will go on sale in the UK from late this year. The facelifted regular model gets the usual raft of subtle interior and exterior tweaks, as well as new headlights and LED daytime running lights and a revised grille.
On the inside, new gloss black and metallic trim has been added, as has a choice of 5.0in, 7.0in or 8.0in infotainment touchscreens. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are likely to be offered on mid-range Mixx trim and above.
A reversing camera is also available, and there’s a rear USB port for back-seat passengers to charge their devices with. New safety tech includes a blind spot monitor and a system that alerts the driver of approaching traffic across the rear of the car when reversing, although these are likely to be on higher-spec cars only.
The facelifted Soul is likely to be priced from above £13,000, a small price hike from the current model. The warmed-up Soul T-GDi is likely to be priced from around £21,500.
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