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Sportier Kia Soul Coming, AWD Under Consideration

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The car with a hamster for a pitchman will soon try to push into sportier territory in an effort by Kia to expand its appeal.

According to a recent report, the Korean automaker will transplant the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Forte to the Soul, giving the funky compact 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Currently, the Soul’s most powerful engine is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, so the turbo-four powerplant will certainly be a nice upgrade for those looking for more performance. Kia originally was hoping to add that model to this year’s lineup, but was unable to have the upgraded suspension, brakes and steering ready in time – so expect it for next year.

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In addition, dealerships have been requesting an all-wheel drive variant for the Soul and the automaker is considering the option for the next-generation model. Currently, the company is in the early stages planning for the third-generation Soul and is considering some major changes including a coupe body style and even a pickup to go along with the standard four-door hatch.

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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