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2014 Kia Forte Koup Completes Trio of New Compact Cars

4/2/2013
With the debut of the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte Koup at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the automaker completes introductions to its new Forte line. Offered as a 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and this 2-door coupe, the 2014 Kia Forte lineup offers diversity to buyers.

The new 2014 Forte Koup is, according to Kia, lower, longer, and wider than the model it replaces, and is equipped with an interior offering "premium materials" and "soft touch points," the automaker says. Two versions will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013: the EX and the SX.

Standard equipment for the 2014 Kia Forte Koup EX includes white-on-black gauges, simulated carbon-fiber trim, and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Kia installs its FlexSteer system as standard equipment, offering the driver a choice between Comfort, Normal, and Sport driving modes. Bluetooth connectivity and UVO eServices technology are included for the EX trim, as well as a reversing camera, satellite radio, LED positioning lights, fog lights, and 16-inch aluminum wheels with P205/55R16 tires.

The 2014 Kia Forte Koup EX is equipped with a direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. A standard 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the vehicle's front wheels, and Kia installs a standard sport-tuned suspension comprised of MacPherson struts in front and a torsion beam axle in back.

For added power and performance, the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX model includes a turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. This engine is rated to generate 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 4,500 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard with the turbocharged engine, with a paddle-shifted 6-speed automatic transmission available as an option.

The Forte Koup SX is also equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, P225/40R18 tires, larger front brakes, and dual chrome exhaust outlets. Modified front styling and LED taillights are standard, and the SX trim level includes metallic pedals and cloth seats with a carbon-fiber-style pattern.

Options for both versions of the redesigned 2014 Forte Koup include high-intensity discharge headlights, navigation system, HD Radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power sunroof, and a Smart Key passive entry system with push-button ignition. Buyers can increase comfort levels through the available 10-way power driver seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, ventilated driver seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control system. Leather upholstery is also offered for this model.

Like other Kia models, the 2014 Forte Koup comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile standard limited warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

For those who wonder how Kia can offer such a long warranty on its engines, the automaker provides a clue in the details surrounding the new Forte Koup. Kia says it performs durability testing on the engines for 300 hours at redline under a full load, and then for another 20 hours at 10% above redline under a full load.

The new Forte Koup, and its durability-tested engines, goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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