Compact Sedan and 5-Door Bring Style, Versatility and Increased Fuel Economy to Segments• Popular Kia compact sedan and hatchback return to lineup as consumer favorites
• Powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers increased fuel efficiency
IRVINE, Calif., September 26, 2011 - The Forte sedan and its sibling hatchback return to the Kia vehicle lineup for 2012 wîth an impressive combination of smart styling, value, technology, safety features and comfort. Named a 2010 and 2011 'Top Safety Pick'1 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and to MSN Autos' 2011 'Top 10 Cars Únder $15,000' list, the Forte and Forte 5-door offer today's tech-savvy consumers wîth attractive, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive options in the compact §egmènt.
Fuel economy for the Forte and Forte 5-door improves for 2012 to 26/36 miles per gallon (mpg)2 (city/highway) – a one mpg city and two mpg highway improvement – and both vehicles receive appearance and convenience enhancements, including a standard telescopic §teering wheel for all EX trims and the addition of the Supervision™ meter cluster to the EX Technology Package. The Forte EX sedan interior 'coffee' color has been replaced wîth black cloth, giving the interior of the Forte a broader appeal and more upscale appearance.
Available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, the stylish and feature-packed compact sedan starts at $15,2003 for the base trim. The Forte 5-door is offered in EX and SX trims and pricing for the versatile hatchback begins at $18,100. Both the sedan and 5-door offer standard convenience features including air conditioning, SiruisXM™ Satellite Radio capabilities wîth three months complimentary service4, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth® wireless technology5 and §teering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Vibrant Exterior Styling Cues
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 156 hp
Torque: 144 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 175 hp
Torque: 169 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic, Manual
Launched as part of Kia Motors' design-led transformation, the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door stand out in the compact §egmènt wîth a bold look set apart by crisp lines, swept-back headlamps and a sleek profile. Both the sedan and 5-door project a clean and assertive presence wîth sweeping window arches, smooth fender flairs and body-color side mirrors and door handles, while turn signal indicators are integrated into the side mirrors on EX and SX trims to add to the upscale appearance. Tasteful design cues are effortlessly streamlined to the rear wîth angled, wrapped tail lights and an uncluttered rear fascia, wîth SX models adding a silver-finished exhaust tip. Forte SX models exude a more athletic profile wîth 17-inch alloy wheels and P215/45R17-sized tires.
Comfortable and Responsive Ride
Keeping a relatively small footprint without sacrificing comfort for up to five passengers, Forte sedan and Forte 5-door come wîth a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall width of 69.9 inches and overall height of 57.5 inches. The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness and gives the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors. A specially tuned, Kia-developed suspension provides responsive handling on S-turn-laden roads, and additional noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures are fitted throughout to help ensure a comfortable ride wîth low noise levels in the cabin.
The front-wheel-drive unibody structure employs an independent front suspension wîth MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension wîth monotube shock absorbers and coil springs. This combination helps provide the optimal balance of handling and comfort. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling by providing the most advantageous amount of electronic assist for varying road conditions. In keeping wîth the energetic essence of the SX model line for the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door, a performance-tuned suspension gives the chassis a firmer feel and responsiveness resulting in a more spirited ride. The SX model also features larger front brakes for improved stopping capabilities.
Nicely Appointed and Modern Interior
Driver and passengers are enveloped wîth a spacious 96.8 cubic feet of passenger volume for the Forte sedan and an even larger 97.5 cubic feet for the Forte 5-door, along wîth an impressive 40.0 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom in the front seats and 37.6 inches of headroom (38.4 inches for the 5-door) and 35.0 inches of legroom in the rear seats. The Forte sedan's trunk also offers an astounding 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Forte 5-door's 19.4 cubic feet provides ample room for luggage or around-town grocery shopping.
Capitalizing on the spacious interior, the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door integrate style and function, starting wîth a crisp, high-visibility center stack and a driver-oriented three-gauge instrument cluster exuding a stylish red glow. Pampering riders further, both versions offer a host of standard interior features, starting wîth comfortable, nicely appointed full cloth seats. A six-way adjustable driver's seat, tilt §teering column, rear defroster and dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console are driver- and passenger-conscious luxuries standard on every vehicle.
EX and SX models offer a number of additional standard luxurious touches such as: power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, map lamps, §teering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, telescopic §teering wheel, tweeter speakers, dual front and rear cup holders, and floor mats. Steering wheel paddle shifters come standard on all SX trims to make for a more spirited driving experience.
Forte EX sedan also offers an optional Premium Package that includes a power sunroof wîth tilt and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted wîth 205/55R16 tires (Forte 5-door EX comes wîth standard 16-inch alloy wheels). The power sunroof wîth tilt also is an available stand-alone option for all SX trims and the EX trim on the Forte 5-door.
The EX and SX Technology Packages, available on both sedan and 5-door models, includes navigation wîth SiriusXM Traffic™6, fully automatic temperature control, push-button start wîth Smart Key, Supervision meter cluster (standard on SX), fog lamps (EX package only), automatic headlamps and chrome exterior door handles. The available SX Leather Package offers additional luxurious enhancements, including leather seat trim, heated front seats and an auto-dimming electro-chromic rear view mirror.
The sporty SX model brings even more standard features for the sedan and 5-door, including a unique black interior wîth sport-cloth fabric adorned wîth red stitching, a telescopic §teering column, leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob and metal-finish trim and pedals.
Dynamic Performance and Power
The Forte LX and EX trims are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing a forceful 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque7 and featuring Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection, both of which provide for greater performance and fuel economy. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, also wîth Dual CVVT, which delivers 173 horsepower wîth 168 pound-feet of torque8.
Coupled wîth the powerplants are six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options. Forte LX comes standard wîth the six-speed manual while EX and SX trim levels offer a standard six-speed automatic transmission wîth Sportmatic™ clutchless shifting (optional on the LX trim). This six-speed automatic transmission is a proprietary design for Kia Motors that was engineered and built specifically for Kia vehicles.
Offering impressive fuel economy, the 2.0-liter engine boasts a competitive 25/34 mpg9 (city/highway) when mated to the manual transmission and the enhanced 26/36 wîth the automatic transmission, while the 2.4-liter engine turns out a notable 23/32 mpg (sedan and 5-door) and when coupled wîth the automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The optional Fuel Economy Package, available on the EX sedan model wîth the 2.0-liter powerplant, includes electric power §teering, 'smart' alternator, low-rolling-resistance silica tires and aerodynamic enhancements. These improvements result in 27/37 mpg and an impressive combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.
Rocking Sound System
In addition to comfort and performance, driver and passengers also will be entertained by Forte's impressive combination of standard convenience features, starting wîth a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted wîth SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service. Also standard on all models is an auxiliary audio input jack and ÚSB port for connecting personal MP3 players as well as Bluetooth wireless technology connectivity wîth §teering wheel-mounted controls, which enables hands-free operation for all compatible cell phones.
For true audiophiles, the EX and SX trims add a standard six-speaker audio system. Forte's advanced system also includes Speed Dependent Volume Control (SDVC), which automatically increases the volume at higher speeds for better listening enjoyment, and Power Bass, which automatically enhances the bass response and tone.
Plethora of Standard Safety Features
Forte offers an impressive array of standard safety equipment, featuring front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, four-wheel disc brakes wîth an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Like all Kia models, the 2012 Forte and Forte 5-door are covered by a comprehensive warranty program10, which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.
Design-Led Transformation and Product Line
Kia Motors has undergone a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important §egmènts at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in Ú.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and brand growth through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technology. Kia's commitment to the Ú.S. market is represented by its Ú.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – which is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and added the critically acclaimed Optima midsize sedan to its production line in September. Kia's model year 2012 vehicle line includes the Sorento CÚV, Sportage compact CÚV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.