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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Kia reveals the new Forte Koup at the New York Auto Show

When Kia revealed the new Forte, also known as Cerato, its striking looks proved Peter Schreyer has been a hell of a good hire. Now Kia has presented its first coupe and, guess what, it is based on the good-looking Forte.

The new car, which is 4.48 m long, 1.77 m wide and only 1.34 m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.65 m, will not deny its sport appearance promises.

It will be sold in two trim levels. The entry-level will be EX. Besides 16-inch alloy wheels that wear 205/55 R16 tyres, this car will also have a 2-litre DOHC four-cylindre powerplant able to deliver 156 bhp and 195 Nm, guided by a five-speed manual gearbox or by a four-speed automatic transmission.

The SX, of course, will be much more interesting. It will have dual exhaust pipes, but no V6 or V8, only a 2.4-litre four-cylindre engine, but not an ordinary one. In such a small car, the 173 bhp and 228 Nm will be very interesting, especially with its 17-inch alloy wheels and 215/45 R17 tyres. Optionally, you can have a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic gearbox. Depending on its price, we may be in front of a new cult car, such as Datsun Z.

Source: Kia

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