New Soul Exclaim Adds 1.6-liter Turbocharged GDI Engine with 40 More Horsepower, 45 More lb.-ft. of Torque and More to Love•More power makes Kia's funky urban runabout more fun than ever
•More power and improved fuel economy
•Other love-inducing additions include specialized trim and upscale, sportier features
LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2016—It's hard to make something great even better, but Kia did when it added a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine to one of its best-selling, most-iconic and most beloved vehicles. Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim didn't disappoint when it was revealed to media today.
'We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,' said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. 'The 2017 Soul Exclaim wîth its turbocharged engine gives the car's fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.'
Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine adds 40 horsepower, fuel economy is 28 miles-per-gallon, city and highway combined1—slightly better than the combined mileage of the 2.0-liter normally-aspirated 161-hp engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base 1.6-liter, which produces 130 horsepower.
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.
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 118 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 161 hp
Torque: 150 ft-lbs
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 201 hp
Torque: 195 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic, 7-speed Automatic
In addition to the turbo engine, the Exclaim includes specialized 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.
The Exclaim also gets a standard leather-wrapped, D-shaped §teering wheel, pushbutton start wîth smart key and ÚVO32 wîth e-Services wîth integrated Android Auto™3 and Apple CarPlay ™.4 A thumping 315-watt Harman Kardon®5 premium audio system wîth eight speakers, including a center 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 available6.
The 2017 Soul is available in three trim levels: Base wîth manual or automatic 6-speed transmission; Soul Plus wîth the 6-speed automatic; and the Exclaim turbo wîth the new 7-speed DCT. There are also two new exterior colors. Redesigned headlights and fog lights, along wîth front and rear fascias lend a more aggressive appearance while the availability of two dedicated ÚSB charge ports and an 8-way power passenger seat add convenience and comfort.