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2010 US-spec Kia Forte to replace Spectra sedan
US-specs Kia Forte sedan (2010 Model Year) details…
Kia Motors America has released an extensive official press pack for it’s 2010 US-spec Kia Forte sedan ahead of it’s official US debut – slated for the 2009 Chicago Auto Show (starting on February 13th).
First of all, it has been officially announced that from now on, Kia’s all-new compact sedan, which will replace the Spectra, is going to be renamed to Forte. Until last, Kia has kept us guessing whether the Spectra name will be retained or replaced by a brand-new nomenclature. Now we know…
The all-new “head-turning” Forte sedan (pronounced for-tay) blends Kia’s exciting new design direction under the tutelage of Kia Motors’ chief design officer Peter Schreyer, who has joined Kia in 2006 and has been responsible to incorporate a unique and distinctive styling to all future Kia models ( including Forte) .
“The Forte is an aggressively stylish blend of comfort and practicality – and with a host of standard features it provides the great quality and value that consumers have come to expect from Kia vehicles,” said B.M. Ahn, president and CEO of Kia Motors America and KMMG.
Forte’s standard features
Forte will be available in three trim levels (LX, EX and SX). The entry level Forte LX features an array of standard features including six-way adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering column, rear defroster and dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console, four speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auxiliary audio input jack and MP3 USB port. Standard Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free operation for compatible cell phones.
EX and SX models offer a number of additional standard luxurious touches such as: power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, dual front and rear cup holders, floor mats and map lamps.
Standard equipment on Forte EX and SX also includes cruise control with an optional sunroof and leather-trimmed seats. For true audiophiles, the EX and SX packages also add a standard six-speaker surround audio system and steering wheel controls.
In addition, the SX trim offers a more athletic profile with 17-inch alloy wheels and 17-inch P215/45R17 sized tires with beautiful alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The SX model line also includes a sport-tuned suspension, providing the chassis a firmer feel and responsiveness, which results in a sportier ride and larger front brakes for improved stopping capabilities. Also standard on SX models is a telescoping steering column as well as sport cloth seats adorned with red stitching, further enhancing its energetic persona.
The 2010 Kia Forte also offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment, with features such as active front headrests, advanced two-stage airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TCS), and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Power will be provided to the front-wheels by two different gasoline powered engines. Buyers will be able to choose between a 156 horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder gasoline engine or a 2.4L in-line four, delivering a healthy 173 horsepower. Engines feature Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection, enabling them both to provide greater performance and fuel economy.
Transmission options that are offered on the new Forte sedan include: a standard five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic transmission (LX and EX models), and a six-speed manual or optional five-speed Sportmatic gearboxes (Forte SX models).
Among optional trim levels, buyers will also be able to opt for the Forte with a Fuel Economy Package, which includes the 2.0-liter powerplant, five-speed automatic transmission, low-rolling resistance tires and electric motor driven power steering. Together with some additional aerodynamic improvements, these enhancements result in a class-leading combined fuel economy of 36 mpg (highway)!
The 2010 four-door Forte sedan also boasts a class-leading passenger volume and an impressive 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is recognized as one of the largest ones in the compact sedan car-segment.
Kia Forte will initially be available only in four-door bodystyle, but later in the year, a KOUP concept based, 2-door Forte coupe is also scheduled to join the US line-up.
As already mentioned, the 2010 Kia Forte will be unveiled within two days at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show and is expected to go on sale in North America in late spring or early summer of 2009. [Source: Kia]
2010 KIA FORTE SPECIFICATIONS
LX & EX: 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, aluminum block and aluminum head
SX: 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder, aluminum block and aluminum head
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
LX & EX: 156 @ 6200
SX: 173 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm)
LX & EX: 144 @ 4300
SX: 168 @ 4000
Bore x stroke (mm)
LX & EX: 86.0 x 86.0
SX: 88.0 x 97.0
LX & EX: 1998
50-state: LEV-II (ULEV) Tier-2 (Bin 4)
CAL: LEV-II (SULEV PZEV)
Fuel tank capacity (gal.): 13.7
Engine oil capacity (qt.)
LX & EX: 4.1
Overall length: 178.3
Overall width: 69.9
Overall height: 57.5
Track, front/rear: 61.3 / 61.6
Ground Clearance: 5.9
Headroom, front/rear: 40.0 / 37.8
Shoulder room, front/rear: 55.7 / 54.7
Legroom, front/rear: 43.3 / 35.0
Front hip room, front/rear: 53.0 / 53.3
Interior volume (cu. ft.): 96.8
Cargo volume (cu. ft.): 14.7
LX & EX: Five-speed manual
SX: Six-speed manual
LX & EX: Electronically controlled four-speed automatic
EX w/ Fuel Economy Package
SX: Electronically controlled five-speed automatic w/ Sportmatic
Front: Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear : Torsion beam w/ struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Type: Engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.): 33.8
Type: Hydraulic, power-assisted vacuum w/ four-sensor, four-channel ABS + ESC
LX & EX: 11.0-inch ventilated discs
SX: 11.8-inch ventilated discs
10.3-inch solid discs
TIRES & WHEELS
5.5J x 15 steel (LX)
6.0J x 16 alloy (EX)
7.0J x 17 alloy (SX)
FUEL ECONOMY (mpg)
LX & EX
25 / 34 (est.)
26 / 36 (est.)