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Kia Forte EX, LX Engine Specs, Horsepower Ratings
The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was a great success for the all-new 2014 Kia Forte, setting it up nicely for a great showing in the compact car segment.
The Forte is expected to arrive in showrroms in the early part of 2013 and will be the star of the Kia small car line-up.
This version will replace the original Forte which has been a sales success since it arrived in 2009.
The all-new Kia Forte fits in snugly between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the Optima mid-size and comes with a host of premium features, as well as plenty of space for 5 passengers and all their gear.
The new chassis is longer, wider, and lower than the previous generation, which translates to more legroom. Buyers can also expect to see better performance and more premium features than one might ordinarily expect.
LX, EX trim engines
The all-new Forte will come in EX and LX trim levels, and will continue the tradition that Kia had developed for delivering premium features at affordable prices.
Engines The LX comes with a 1,8L powerplant, while you will find a 2,0L under the hood of the EX.
Whichever engine you choose, you’ll find that it will come with dual continuously variable valve timing and a lightweight intake manifold that reduces weight by 30 percent over a cast unit.
You will also see an improvement in block rigidioty by 30% and reduced engine NVH levels thanks to the aluminum bed plate.
The LX routes power to the front wheels via a six speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or a six speed automatic.
The result is 148 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at 4,700 rpm.
There is even more power to be found in the EX where the 173-horsepower (at 6,500 rpm) 2,0L inline four cylinder GDI engine that delivers 154 lb.-ft. of torque available at 4,700 rpm via a six spped automatic transmission.
FlexSteer Steering Wheel
The steering feel is improved thanks to the use of larger bushings and an altered front suspension geometry.
The hydraulic system that was used on the original Forte has been replaced with electric power steering.
Optional FlexSteer gives the driver three different contro settings (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) to give a difference in steerisng efoort, all by simply pushing a button on the steering wheel.
The base LX model comes with 195/65R-15 tires, although there is an optional 205/55R-16 tires on 16-inch alloy wheels. The EX comes with the same 55-series tires, with the option of adding 215/45-17 tires mounted on sporty 17-inch alloy wheels.
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