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2014 Forte 5-door: 1.6L GDI Turbo, 2.0L GDI Engines Deliver 201 and 173 Horsepower
Kia is making a real run at the global compact car segment with the release of the new 2014 Forte 5-door.
The new car was unveiled in Chicago and immediately became the talking point of all who saw it. The new Forte is lower, wider, and longer and has been restyled to deliver all the practicality you would expect from a hatchback.
The 5-door hatchback has definite European influences and is powered by an all-new 1.6L gasoline direct-injected GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
The state-of-the-art powertrain comes with double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing make it efficient and a top performer.
Combined, this will make the 2014 Kia Forte 5-door SX the most powerful member of the Forte family to date.
This should help Kia compete against big segment rivals like the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST.
The Forte SX will outpace the Fiesta ST whose 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine will deliver 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque.
Compared to the competition, the Forte should in fact be the fastest compact in North America, blazing past the less powerful Mini Cooper S and the Chevrolet Sonic RS.
That should be more than enough to make the 2014 Kia Forte 5-door SX a hit with the growing number of people looking for performance in the compact segment, both at home and abroad.
The 2014 Forte 5-door will come in a pair of different trim levels, EX and SX, whilst also having two different engine choices.
The EX will have a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine putting out a healthy 173 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood. This naturally aspirated engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The SX is all about performance and will come with a 201 horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, as well as the option of a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic will feature steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The SX will combine sportiness with the functionality of a hatchback, making it a real double threat in the compact segment.
The EX comes with a ton of standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with rear camera display1, Bluetooth2 wireless technology, SiriusXM, Satellite Radio3, 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.
Standard features found on the SX include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights.
It will also feature 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.
Kia Forte 5-door video
Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA, said that the company received some really great feedback about the Forte sedan after the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
He said that the idea was to build on that success with future models, which is why they looked to make the SX the perfect combination of sportiness and usefulness.
The all-new 2014 Forte 5-door is expected to make a big splash in the global compact hatch segment.
The SX in particular is expected to be a particularly hot commodity due to its speed and style. Customers can expect to see the car arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2013 in the US, with pricing expected to be announced closer to the release date.
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