Kia Soul to feature Intelligent Variable Transmission in 2020


Kia has revealed that the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) which first featured in the 2019 Forte, will be available on the Soul in 2020.

Designed and built in-house, the IVT is Kia’s version of a continuously variable transmission. The IVT is paired to the company’s Nu 2-liter four-cylinder engine, which will develop 150ps and 178Nm. The 2-liter can also be bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission.

In addition to Kia’s naturally aspirated 2-liter, the 2020 Soul will be available with 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbo in-line 4-cylinder. The turbo unit, which is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, will generate 205ps and 264Nm of torque.


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