That engine, known as the T-GDI, is the same unit that featured in the pro_cee’d GT, a sporty model that won fans in Australia, but not enough sales to allow Kia to bringing the model in.
We also don’t have confirmation at this stage that the turbocharged Kia Soul will be offered here.
In announcing the turbo variant, Kia in Europe said the model would also feature:
- New seven-speed double-clutch transmission
- New Drive Mode Selector – Normal, Eco and Sport modes
- Bolder front bumper and air intake grille design
- Twin exhaust pipes
- Exclusive 10-spoke 18” aluminium alloy wheels
- Optional 320mm front disc brakes (up from standard 300mm)
- T-GDI badging
- Red highlights - front bumper/side sills
- Unique cabin colour scheme - black cloth/leather upholstery/orange stitching
- D-shaped steering wheel
- Orange cabin highlights
While Kia is talking a zero to 100km/h sprint of just 7.8 seconds from the Kia Soul 1.6 T-GDI.
Never the less, we can assume that Kia will be bringing an updated version of the Kia Soul to Australia.
The 2017 model, which was also unveiled this afternoon, is set to benefit from interior and exterior styling tweaks, including:
- Updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Remodelled front and rear bumpers
- New fog lamp design
- Four new paint colours
- Refreshed cloth upholstery
- New gloss black and metallic highlights
- Optional Orange design pack with orange interior highlights
- Optional power adjustable passengers seat
- Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
- Availability of Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
At this stage we are awaiting confirmation of Australian availability, pricing and specification details for the 2017 Kia Soul in Australia, we will bring you info as soon as it comes to hand.