2017 Kia Soul Gets Facelift And A 204hp TurboCharged Engine

Nov 16, 2016 05:35 PM EST | Mariechris Felipe

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The 2017 Kia Soul is now a model that demands to be taken seriously as it gets an impressive facelift and a 204hp turbocharged engine which is an increase of 40hp from its predecessor. While it already debuts at the Paris Motor Show last September, the Soul will also be presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show as it will be its official debut on American soil.

Where some car companies believe in their most expensive products to catapult its brand's success, Kia seems to be relying on their faithful Kia Soul, according to Motor Authority. Thus, the reason for the upgrades. This is the first major upgrade introduced by Kia for the second generation of this particular vehicle, a model that has a tremendous commercial success markets in the US as demonstrated by the 120,859 units sold between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016.

Aesthetically, the 2017 Kia Soul differs from its predecessor as it replaces many details, such as a redesigned front and rear bumpers which now include a metal shield on the bottom with the idea of transmitting a stronger image. Slightly changes the grid with the distinctive design type "Tiger Nose" hallmark that Peter Schreyer, the chief design on Hyundai and Kia has introduced across the range. Optionally, one can also mount bi-xenon headlights with daytime running lights in the new Kia Soul.

As you can see in the video below, the new Kia Soul also debuts two colors for your body, Mysterious Wild Blue and Orange, both metallic and white roof and mirrors associated with it. The car will also equip alloy wheels and 10-spoke 16-inch, although depending on the version chosen, these can become up to 18, as with the Soul T-GDI engine, also unprecedented in the range.

In the interior, the design changes in some points, such as the climate control and now there are two screens available for the multimedia system, compatible with both Apple devices like Android touch screen five inches and another, also touch, but with seven inches.

In the engine section, the 2017 Kia Soul maintains the range of engines that they had been using so far and expands with the introduction of a new block 1.6 T-GDI that can generate 204 hp and is linked in series to box changes dual-clutch six-speed.

This version, the more performance range can go from zero to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds and announces a combined average expenditure of 6.9 l/100km. Which for now has not been updated is the Kia Soul EV, the electric version of Soul and one of 10 electric cars with more autonomy market. This more powerful Soul is actually less thirsty than its siblings, returning 26 mpg city and 31 highway, according to the New York Daily News.

The only downside of the 2017 Kia Soul is the 4000 rpm engine noise which is still quite harsh and not refined. Otherwise, the new Soul is a great hatchback to buy. Watch it in the video below:

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