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Kia Forte Specifications Released AHead Of Official Launch
Impressed by it’s attractive exterior styling, we are very interested in how Kia’s new compact sedan will compete in the performance arena.
In the past couple of days we were speculating about the available engines and options that Forte 4-door sedan will bring us in the package.
Thankfully, there is no more need to speculate since Kia Motors today released some technical specifications, including powertrain options and exterior dimensions, for the South Korean market.
With it’s length of 4530 mm and 1775 mm width, the new Kia Forte grew in every dimension compared to outgoing Spectra.
Although being wider by 65 mm and 25 mm longer, it’s still more fuel efficient than the predecessing model. As you’ll see later on, it’s power and fuel consumption figures are highly competitive, if not class leading.
Forte engine line-up
In Korea, Forte will initially be available with a choice of two different engines – one 1.6 liter petrol and 1.6 liter turbo-diesel.
The all-new 1.6L direct injection common rail diesel engine, features an electrically actuated advanced variable geometry turbocharger to ensure clean emissions and lively performance.
The engine is packing 128 horsepower and achieves 16.5 km/L.
Also included in the range, will be a revised 1.6L Gamma engine, creating 124 horsepower and 159 lb/ft of torque. Mated to the automatic transmission, it will provide the fuel economy of 14.1 km/L.
These numbers outperform it’s main domestic rivals (Hyundai Elantra and Samsung SM3) by up to 15 percent.
Those seeking extra performance will be able to opt for a more powerful 2.0L unit, coming to Forte range later in the year.
List of features
The Forte will come with a list of premium features usually reserved for higher-end Kia models. Forte will be available with smart key, Push-Start button, voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth devices, 17-inch alloys with 215/45R17 wheels, wing mirror indicators and factory installed sunroof. [Source: Bobaedream]
Anticipated in the U.S. market by mid-2009, Kia plans to release the Forte on August 21. in it’s home market.
Follow the link to find all info on Forte sedan.