No images of the model were shown in the video, the only mention of it was in a variant list of the Soul line-up at the end of the video, which reads “2016 Soul - Gas, Electric, Turbo (winter 2016)”.
The model will not take the GT badge used by performance variants of the Cee'd and Procee'd, but may be GT-Line badged, suggesting a warm hatch approach to the model, rather than full hot hatch status. No name has been officially confirmed, however.
Despite the non-hot-hatch nature of the model, it will use the same 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the GT models, albeit in a de-tuned form. The Cee'd and Procee'd GT have a 201bhp version of the engine, but the Soul is expected to use the engine in the same state as it takes in the Sportage, with 174bhp. It will, however, use Kia’s 7-speed DCT transmission.
Kia has hinted at the option of a performance-oriented Soul model since the reveal of its 244bhp Track’ster concept in 2012, although a Kia spokesman suggested the model will not take styling cues from the concept, and will instead follow the styling of a high-spec Soul equipped with the Urban Pack, as Kia plans not to make a full-blown performance Soul.
We expect the model to be introduced at the end of this year, at a similar time or earlier than the American market car, following the introduction of the facelifted Soul in August. The facelift brings revisions to the front and rear lights and bumpers, but the Soul’s characteristic side profile will remain the same.
Prices for the facelifted Soul are likely to take a small hike from the current Soul’s £12,995 starting point, so they will start at just above £13,000. The warmed up Soul model is likely to be priced at around £21,500.