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Kia Soul 1.6 Turbo joins line-up

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Accompanying the power increase are larger brakes to provide additional stopping power, while the suspension is tuned for a blend of ride comfort and good road holding on the special 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and low profile tyres.

ANOTHER Kia model has just received a boost from a direct injection turbocharged engine.

Arriving as new flagship for the Soul urban crossover line-up, the 1.6-litre turbocharged model has just gone on sale at a recommended $37,990 plus on road costs. It’s the second turbocharged model to be released by Kia in this market recently, following the release of the Optima GT Turbo.

The 1.6-litre T-GDI engine comes straight from the performance oriented Pro_Cee’d GT model with 150kW output and 263Nm of torque which is available from 1500-4500rpm.

But unlike the manual-only Pro_Cee’d GT, the power and torque is delivered through Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which is the first time this gearbox has been fitted to a Kia vehicle in the New Zealand market.

The new transmission features a pair of dry clutches and two input shafts, allowing for seamless torque delivery between shifts, as well as the ability to immediately jump to any of its seven gears, depending on what the driver needs at any given time.

The driver also has the choice of driver selected Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes and the new transmission also helps achieve a 6.9L/100km combined cycle fuel consumption figure.

Accompanying the power increase are larger brakes to provide additional stopping power, while the suspension is tuned for a blend of ride comfort and good road holding on the special 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and low profile tyres.

There is also a raised specification with the Soul 1.6 Turbo being distinguished by a prominent grille and bumper with LED fog lights, bi-function HID Xenon headlights incorporating unique LED daytime running lights, SUV-style side body mouldings with a red pin stripe and twin exhaust pipes at the rear.

The attitude continues inside, where the Soul 1.6 Turbo carries a distinctive colour scheme featuring black cloth and leather upholstery with orange stitching and a flat bottom steering wheel.

The new Kia Soul 1.6 Turbo also features a reversing camera, new USB port in the rear, eight-way power adjustment and electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat, climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, plus rain-sensing wipers. Active safety features include Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Kia Soul 1.6 Turbo is available in three colour choices; Clear White with Inferno Red roof, Titanium Silver and Cherry Black.

The turbocharged newcomer joins the 1.6-litre Urban and the 2.0-litre Limited models in the Soul line-up, which also received a minor facelift for 2017.

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