Not long ago, Kias were disposable cars, however, nothing could be farther from the truth today as this South Korean automaker builds some truly world-class products.
One of its most iconic offerings is the Soul. This funky-looking breadbox sold by anthropomorphic hamsters has been an unequivocal home run for the brand.
Keeping things fresh, Kia just unveiled a brand-new trim level here at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Soul Exclaim is a range-topping model that features more power, higher efficiency and, of course, an extra helping of style.
Most importantly, this vehicle gains a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that cranks out 201 horsepower, 40 more than the naturally aspirated unit it’s overshadowing. Torque is up by 45 lb-ft, totaling 195.
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Equally new is the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission backing this force-fed engine. It should provide faster shifts, supposedly smoother performance and, of course, better acceleration.
Despite offering more power and torque, Kia promises this drivetrain combo will deliver even better fuel economy, trumping both base engines, including the entry-level 1.6-liter unit. The Soul Exclaim is expected to average 28 miles per gallon.
Other exclusives here include 18-inch wheels, red body trim bits and a chrome grille surround. Around back, we find a unique tailgate badge and twin exhaust outlets that give this Soul a sporty look.
Moving inside, there’s a standard, leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start with keyless entry and Kia’s UVO3 infotainment system, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system along with navigation is available for extra moolah.
The Exclaim model should be a welcome addition to the Soul lineup. But aside from this addition, Kia is also making changes to the rest of the range. For 2017 two new exterior colors will be available along with optional rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring, among other changes.
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