Kia unveils all-new turbocharged Forte (Cerato) Koup at New York Auto Show
- 201-HP turbocharged four-cylinder
engine is first for Forte Koup SX
- Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte (Cerato) Koup exemplifies
class style and sportiness
- Forte (Cerato) Koup is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter
(SEOUL) March 27, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced
the third and final member of the completely redesigned Forte (also
known as ‘Cerato’ in many countries) lineup when it unveiled the
sleek and purposeful all-new Forte Koup at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
Following the launch of the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door, the all-new
two-door Forte Koup SX boasts European-inspired design and performance
to match with a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged
four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
As equipped, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Sales are
expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and pricing will be
announced closer to the Koup’s launch.
“The Forte Koup is arguably the sportiest vehicle in our award-winning
lineup, and it has helped raise Kia’s brand awareness significantly
among automotive enthusiasts,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice
president of marketing & communications, KMA. “Its rakish design,
premium amenities and powerful turbocharged engine set it apart from
the competition. With the debut of the Forte sedan and 5-door earlier
this year, and now the Koup in New York, the Forte lineup has been completely
revamped from top to bottom.”
Similar to its Forte 5-door sibling, the Forte Koup is offered in two
trim levels, EX and SX, with two engine and transmission choices. The
EX comes equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, and the
tarmac-carving SX comes standard with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
The EX comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the
SX may be mated with either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed
automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Advanced Technology and Premium Features
In keeping with the rest of the Forte family, the all-new Forte Koup
offers buyers an impressive list of technology and safety features.
The Koup EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices
with Rear Camera Display , Bluetooth® wireless technology, SiriusXM™
Satellite Radio , leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio
and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering
column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.
The Koup SX rewards buyers with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual
chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Forte Koup SX also offers
an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black
gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front
and rear seats with carbon fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia
and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.
Both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation
system with HD Radio™ , sunroof, heated steering wheel,10-way adjustable
power driver’s seat, heated front seats and cooled driver’s seat,
leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric
chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Continuing Kia’s Design Leadership
Created by the design studio at KMA’s corporate campus in Irvine,
Calif., the Forte Koup’s sporty two-door profile, swooping roofline,
and large 18-inch alloy wheels give it an athletic and aggressive stance
that continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader.
The Forte Koup’s swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders,
and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek,
sporty appearance. LED positioning lights add a premium look to the
front fascia. At the rear, LED tail lights complete the premium look
of the exterior. A rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains
the Forte Koup’s sporty demeanor.
Sporty Cabin with Premium Features
The interior of the Forte Koup features premium materials and soft touch
points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into
the instrument cluster. Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and
optional push-button start, along with carbon fiber-like textures on
the dash and seats, add a sporty touch. A grippy leather-wrapped steering
wheel and shift knob are further evidence of the Forte Koup’s performance
intentions. Class-exclusive available features such as front heated
seats, an air-cooled driver’s seat and driver-selectable electric
steering further set the Forte Koup apart from its two-door competition.
Dynamic Driving Experience
Utilizing a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the SX
is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Power is seamlessly transferred
to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The GDI powerplant produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft.
of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm. The advanced powertrain features
double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing to
help improve efficiency and performance.
The Forte Koup EX comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant producing
173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm.
During durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours
at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent
above redline under full load.
To help further improve performance, the Forte Koup features a sport-tuned
suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam
rear design. The Koup rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18
tires are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving
Specifications, features and trim levels in this release are for the
U.S. market. Product details for other regions will be made available
closer to their respective launch dates. Please check with your regional
Kia Motors headquarters or authorized distributor for technical specifications
and trims available for your market.
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