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Published on November 16th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair

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Kia Unveils a Turbo Variant of the Soul in the US

Kia has unveiled a turbocharged version of the Soul in the US, where it has been a rather popular option. Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine adds 40 horsepower, fuel economy is 28 miles-per-gallon, city and highway combined-slightly better than the combined mileage of the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 161-hp engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base 1.6-liter, which produces 130 horsepower.

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Performance in the turbocharged Exclaim is further enhanced by the addition of a new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which, via quicker and smoother shift points and no shift shock, makes for more dynamic acceleration and contributes to a more engaging driving experience.

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In addition to the turbo engine, the Exclaim includes specialised trim and sportier features, including exclusive 18-inch wheels; red-accented body trim; chrome grille surround, unique Soul tailgate badge; and, for the first time on Soul, dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

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The Exclaim also gets a standard leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel, push-button start with smart key and UVO3 with e-Services with integrated Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay ™. A thumping 315-watt Harman Kardon® premium audio system with eight speakers, including a centre channel and subwoofer, navigation and 8-inch touchscreen display is also available. Other new options for the 2017 model year are convenience systems such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are also available.

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The 2017 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels: Base with manual or automatic 6-speed transmission; Soul Plus with the 6-speed automatic; and the Exclaim turbo with the new 7-speed DCT. There are also two new exterior colours. Redesigned headlights and fog lights, along with front and rear fascias lend a more aggressive appearance while the availability of two dedicated USB charge ports and an 8-way power passenger seat add convenience and comfort.

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