Kia Motors America debuts the all-new Forte 5-door hatchback with 1,6L GDI turbo engine!
Making its official public debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the all new 2014 Forte 5-door expands Kia’s compact car family with an even more practical hatchback model that offers 22.3 cubic feet of cargo room.
Scheduled to hit the U.S. Kia dealerships in the second half of 2013, the 5-door hatchback offers a choice of two trims (EX and SX) and two highly-potent four-cylinder engines.
The entry-level Forte 5 EX gets a 2,0L GDI (incorporating gasoline direct injection technology) engine, generating 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque.
Those looking for more performance have a choice of 1,6L T-GDI 4-cyl. engine that packs 201-horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Available only in the SX trim, the 1,6L turbocharged unit can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The latter comes with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel!
According to Kia, the all new 2014 Forte 5-door also features an upgraded suspension which delivers sportier ride and handling.
Kia Forte 5-door EX, SX
Standard features on the 2014 Forte 5-door EX include Kia’s UVO infotainment system with rear camera display, Bluetooth wireless technology, SiriusXM satellite radio, tilt and telescoping steering column leather-wrapped steering wheel with FlexSteer system, power windows, 16-inch alloy wheels and LED positioning headlights.
The racier Kia Forte 5-door SX gets larger 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights and exclusive dual chrome exhaust tips. In addition, the SX model also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes and carbon-fiber style accents.
Optional features on both trim levels include navigation system with HD Radio, SmartKey with push-button start , power sunroof, heated steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats and dual-zone auto climate control.
2014 Kia Forte 5-door pricing
Kia will release pricing and fuel mileage details closer to launch, which is in the third quarter of 2013.