2010 KIA Forte: KIA’s First Stylish Compact
Kia introduces its new compact car, the 2010 Kia Forte at the Chicago Auto Show. The tasteful compact vehicle is a first for Kia, with its remarkably flared front fenders, distinct shoulder lines, bad-ass headlights, and a smoother body frame. This new design is the work of Kia Cars chief design officer Peter Schreyer.
The 2010 Kia Forte will be available in three options: LX, EX, and the SX model. The LX and EX models comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque, available in a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
There is a talk that a fuel-efficient model will soon be offered—a five-speed automatic transmission with an electric power train. This electric model is said to be good at producing 36 mpg on highways.
The sportier version of the Kia Forte, the SX model, beams with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 173 hp. It comes either with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. This sports car version of the Forte features 17-inch wheels, rear spoiler, firmer suspension tuning, bigger front brakes and sports-car seats done with a remarkable stitchwort.
The LX model has adjustable driver’s seat, rear defroster, and a tilt steering wheel. The higher versions—EX and SX models—have power windows, remote control keyless entry, six-speaker audio system, door locks, and audio and cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Although there are still no former announcements for the price, they speculate that the 2010 Kia Forte will only be a little more expensive compared to the Spectra’s base cost of $14,200.