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Is Kia's 200-hp Soul heading to the US?

The answer is a very strong "probably."


With the exception of the addition of an electric variant, the current Kia Soul has remained largely unchanged since its inception. That's all about to change at the Paris Motor Show, when Kia will unveil a refreshed Soul with its most powerful engine yet. For right now, that hopped-up model is for the European market only, but don't expect it to stay that way for long.

The Kia Soul 1.6 T-GDI uses a turbocharged, 1.6-liter I4 engine, putting out about 204 horsepower. It's combined with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and it'll reach 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. It wears its own unique interior scheme, sportier front and rear fasciae and larger front brakes.

The whole Soul lineup benefits from aesthetic tweaks, as well, including new bumpers and optional LED daytime running lights. The interior receives some new trim finishers, as well as the latest iteration of Kia's touchscreen infotainment system, available in 5-, 7- or 8-inch varieties. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are along for the ride.

The European Soul will debut in Paris next week. We've heard rumors about Kia bringing a turbocharged Soul to the US for some time now, and if there's any engine likely to make its way over here, it's one that Kia's already fitted into a Soul. The company will likely focus on Europe during the auto show, but once the US auto show season kicks off, we wouldn't be surprised if it were part of the Korean automaker's product-announcement parade.

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