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The Kia Soul will receive several updates for the 2017MY, which will debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The big news here is the introduction of a 1.6 litre T-GDI engine to the line-up, along with changes to the exterior and interior.

The 1.6L T-GDI on the Soul is shared with the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT, providing 201 hp on the crossover. All that power drives the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (first seen on the Hyundai i30 FL), allowing the most powerful Soul to sprint to 96 km/h from a standstill (0-60 mph) in 7.5 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 196 km/h.

To match the new-found turbo power, Kia has also fitted the Soul 1.6L T-GDI with larger ventilated front discs, while retaining the size of the solid rear discs. The upgrade sees a reduction in stopping distance of 35.3 m from 35.5, when stopping from 96 km/h.

Visual updates to the rest of the Soul range include redesigned front and rear bumpers, with a metallic skid plate for a more rugged look. Other exterior changes include the latest version of Kia’s “tiger nose” front grille, as well as new LED daytime-running lights, fog lamps and reflectors.

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Inside, the Soul gets new switchgear, gloss black and metallic highlights, and infotainment systems. For the latter, buyers will be able to choose from either 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour touchscreens, which now comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Elsewhere, there’s a new USB charging port added to the rear of the cabin, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and for models equipped with the 7DCT, a new Drive Mode Selector (allows for normal, light or heavy steering depending on driver preference and driving conditions).

The Soul 1.6L T-GDI is differentiated from non-turbo models in the range with a bolder front bumper and air intake grille design, twin exhaust pipes, red exterior accents, 10-spoke, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels, D-shaped steering wheel and a black/orange interior colour scheme.