Recently we caught spy photos of Kia‘s new 2014 Soul, but that’s not all the Korean automaker has in the works. Kia is currently planning on a sporty hatchback model to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, along with a Soul convertible variant.
In a recent interview, Kia’s overseas marketing director went on the record saying, “We are preparing turbocharged engines,” and then added, “We are tuning suspension and we are preparing a Golf GTI rival.” Exciting news indeed, especially since Kia’s most recent models have been a great improvement over their predecessors.
The hot hatch in development will be based on the next-generation Kia Cee’d, which should make an appearance sometime next fall. It’s a very good chance that we’ll see the same 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that’s found in the Optima residing under the hood of the sporty hatch. The turbocharged Theta II engine outputs 274-hp and 269 lb-ft of torque in the sedan, and while it would be a ton of fun to have that in a lighter hatchback, chances are the automaker will detune it some.
Soon-Nam also touched on the emphasis of convertibles and how popular they are in the European market. “We have a plan to introduce a Soul-based convertible; this is intended for 2014,” he said.