2017 Kia Soul Exclaim Gets 201 HP 1.6L Turbo Engine in the U.S.

The Soul has more power now for those stoplight drag races

Following the introduction of the 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine in Europe earlier this year, the Kia Soul gets it as well in the United States.

Sold as the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim, the new model packs 40 more horsepower and 45 more lb-ft of torque than the 161 hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine in the Soul Plus, as well as improved fuel economy. The 1.6-liter turbo engine returns 28 mpg combined, slightly better than the combined mileage of 27 mpg delivered by the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter in the Soul Plus and 1.6-liter in the Soul Base.

With 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm, the 1.6-liter turbo engine is mated as standard to a new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Kia says the transmission offers quicker and smoother shift points and no shift shock, shortening acceleration times and contributing to a more engaging driving experience — no performance figures are available, though.

Besides the turbo engine, the 2017 Soul Exclaim comes with sportier features such as exclusive 18-inch wheels, red-accented body trim, chrome grille surround, unique Soul tailgate badge, as well as dual chrome twin-tip exhaust — a first for the Soul nameplate.

Inside, the Exclaim adds a standard flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather, push-button start with smart key, and the UVO3 infotainment system with e-Services and integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Optional features include a 315-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system with eight speakers, navigation, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

Driver assist systems such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are also available.