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Kia to launch the 2010 Forte Koup in late summer
The highly anticipated two-door sports car from Kia, called the Forte Koup will be launched in the US market in late summer according to latest report from Kia and will join Kia Motors America line-up as the company’s first-ever two-door coupe.
Based on the same platform as the four-door Forte sedan, the Koup will be available in two trim levels (EX and SX) and will offer a variety of engine and transmission options. Base Forte Koup EX will be powered by a 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine which features continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection and churns out 156 horsepower.
The 2010 Forte Koup SX variant will feature an upgraded 2.4L four-cylinder Theta engine, which also features CVVT technology and produces a class-leading 173 horsepower!
Transmission options in the 2010 Kia Forte Koup will include four different transmission options. As standard, there will be a five-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive for EX models. Higher-end Forte Koup SX models will be available with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed Sportsmatic transmission.
According to Kia, the Forte Koup body is 2.4 inches lower and 2.0 inches shorter than its sedan sibling, but with the same wheelbase as Forte sedan, Koup provides comfortable seating for up to five passengers.
The suspension of the all-new Kia Forte Koup has been tuned by Kia engineers in the US and has been set up to deliver responsive handling and a smoother ride quality and refinement than competitors such as Scion tC. To appeal those buyers with sportier driving preferences, Kia will also offer the 2010 Forte Koup SX with sport-tuned suspension wich reduces body roll, improves handling and provides more spirited ride.
Pricing for the US market Forte Koup has yet to be released. Just for a comparison, in Canada, the 2010 Kia Forte Koup EX starts at $18,495 (Canadian dollars), while the upper range Forte Koup SX costs $21,495 (CND!).
In the same country the Forte EX sedan starts at $17,995, while Forte SX sedan costs $20,995, meaning the difference between sedan and coupe varies aproximately $500. I expect to see a very similar pricing difference in the US market as well. Stay tuned for more Kia Forte Koup News.