With performance inspired, aggressive and sleek styling, Kia Motors America (KMA) today globally debuted the 2010 Kia Forte Koup production vehicle during a press conference at the 2009 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Joining the Forte family in the KMA lineup, the company’s first-ever two-door coupe embodies the brand’s current bold design direction first seen on the concept version of the Soul urban passenger vehicle in 2006.
Built on the Forte sedan’s front-wheel driEXve platform, the Koup comes with a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height of 55.1 inches, meaning that it’s slightly shorter in length and height than its four-door counterpart.
The EX comes with a 2.0-liter four making a healthy 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque, available with a five-speed stick or a four-speed automatic. The sportier SX is powered by a larger, 2.4-liter four, with 173 hp and 168 lb-ft. The SX also adds a gear to each transmission offering (6-speed manual or five-speed automatic). The SX also adds a retuned suspension (struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear) and cool-looking 17-inch
Kia said the fuel consumption of the 2.0-liter engine 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with either transmission while the more powerful 2.4-liter engine is rated at 22mpg city and 32 mpg highway with the six-speed manual and 23/31 mpg when paired with the five-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Forte is expected to hit US showrooms late summer.