Kia Expands Forte Lineup with a 5-Door Hatchback

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Kia's new Forte has been a major hit due to high-quality, lots of standard features, great pricing and attractive styling, but that's not the only reason it's finding new owners at a brisk pace.  The Korean automaker also offers multiple body styles, so far a 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe, the latter dubbed Koup. 

Kia will expand its North American entry-level lineup to include a new Forte 5-Door to fill a void left by the old Spectra5, an important model for active lifestyle buyers needing a larger compact. 

While the Forte five-door is totally changed from the C-pillar rearward, with arguably better styling than any rival, the front fascia has been modified slightly as well, with a look that apparently will at least find its way onto the sedan. 

"We have been promoting the Kia brand evolution over the past few years and backed it up with dramatic gains in quality and value while adding world-class design every step of the way," commented Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing, KMA. 

The Forte five-door will sport Kia's port-injected 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre inline-four-cylinder engine lineup already offered in the Forte sedan and Koup.  Like the two existing models a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic continue shifting duties.  For the latter transmission, paddle shifters on the steering wheel will now be available too. 

The Forte has received praise for its well designed and surprisingly upscale interior, although the five-door will get a new centre console that can now be upgraded to include a navigation system.  Proximity sensing remote access will be part of an upgrade package along with pushbutton start. 

Kia won't wait long to get the Forte five-door out to dealers, so expect to see them at your local dealer within months.  No doubt the new body style will be a big seller, especially here in Canada where liftback models sell extremely well in the compact segment. 

What's unknown is whether or not Kia will call it the Forte5 or the Forte Five-Door, the former to maintain a naming strategy used with the Rio5 and Spectra5.  Forte5 certainly has a ring to it, and would serve the model well if chosen.  The pre-production model shown in New York had no official badging, only a license plate placeholder showing Forte as the name.

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Topics: Hatchback, Kia, 2011, Forte, $10,000 - $19,999,

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