Kia is taking a 200hp Soul to Paris

Kia is taking a 200hp Soul to Paris

Ever wished you could buy a more powerful version of the funky Kia Soul? You will soon be able to – the Korean carmaker is taking a 200hp model to the Paris Motor Show next week.

Using the same 200hp turbocharged petrol engine as the Cee’d GT, the warmed-up Soul T-GDI will accelerate to 60mph in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 122mph.

That power is transferred to the front wheels via Kia’s seven-speed dual clutch auto, allowing drivers to select between normal, eco and sport modes.

A bolder front bumper and grille differentiates the 200hp Soul from the rest of the range, along with twin exhaust pipes to the rear and bespoke 18-inch alloys. Red highlights to the front bumper and side sills complete the sporty look.

Inside, the T-GDI Soul features a “distinctive cabin colour scheme”, says Kia – we’ll find out more when we see it at Paris, but apparently it involves orange stitching. Interesting.

If you’re looking to take the Kia Soul on a track day, you’ll be pleased to know it features 17-inch ventilated front brakes, “primarily to ensure fade-free braking power under consistent use”. That’s good to know.

Other tweaks across the rest of the Kia Soul range include revised front and rear bumpers and the addition of a metallic skid plate.

A new touchscreen infotainment system, available as a 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch screen, houses both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a rear-view parking camera.

Additional safety features include blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, warning you of moving vehicles during low-speed manoeuvres.

The revised Kia Soul, including the 200hp T-GDI version, will be revealed at next week’s Paris Motor Show, where Motoring Research will be reporting live.

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