Is Kia planning a performance Soul?

According to AutoExpress, the brand has hinted a new Kia Soul GT will be launched as a slightly watered-down version of the Track’ster to add more power to the striking five-seat people carrier.

Following in the tyre treads of the Nissan Juke R, Kia will add a 1.6-litre, 200bhp engine 0 50bhp less than the Track’ster concept – and reduce the number of doors in the Kia Soul from five to three to create a sportier silhouette.

Other tweaks include wider wheelarches and lower suspension to improve handling on the road as well as a sporty overhaul to the interior.

It will also offer all-wheel drive for the first time in the strictly two-wheel drive Kia Soul range currently on sale in the UK.

However, the performance Soul is just a rumour at the moment and there has been no confirmation the car will arrive in Perrys Kia dealerships.

Kia is known to tinkle with its stylish small car with a series of special edition Kia Soul models on sale today. These include the likes of the black and white Kia Soul Echo in its ‘Specials’ collection.

The Kia Soul was given a facelift for 2012 including a new front and rear end, wheels and interior equipment.

Kia Soul prices start from under £12,500 in the UK for the petrol-only Soul ‘1’ version. Higher trim levels, Soul 2 and the Specials range, cost up to £17,800. Diesel engines are available higher in the range.

The new 2012 Kia Soul is available to buy now from Perrys Kia dealerships.