The Kia Soul Turbo is on the way; a recent promotional video has revealed Kia’s plans to introduce a performance-oriented Soul at the end of this year

A Kia Soul Turbo model will start production in winter 2016, according to a video released by Kia Motors America.

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.

Our Verdict

Kia Soul

Kia adds refinement and maturity to its funky crossover without leaching out the charm. Still flawed dynamically

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7 July 2016
I think a Rio turbo would go down quite well too. A smart looking car. Pity the engines are a bit underpowered.

7 July 2016
I've looked at the Soul before, but the rather weedy petrol engine offering has put me off. This could make all the difference.

7 July 2016
I only seeing them driven by 'trendy pensioners' the sort who like something a bit less boring than a sensible Polo for their money. Would be hilarious watching granny show some unsuspecting young upstart a clean pair of heels at the lights.

8 July 2016
Glad they don't prefix their performance brand with the letter R.......

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 July 2016
Glad they don't prefix their performance brand with the letter R.......

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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