Kia Motors America Unveils All-New Turbocharged Forte Koup At 2013 New York
201-HP Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine is First for Forte Koup SX
- Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte Koup exemplifies World-class
style and sportiness
- Forte Koup is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013
NEW YORK, March 27, 2013
NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today
announced the third and final member of the completely redesigned Forte lineup
when it unveiled the sleek and purposeful all-new Forte Koup at the 2013 New
York Auto Show. Following the launch of the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door, the
all-new two-door Forte Koup SX boasts European-inspired design and performance
to match with a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged
four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. As
equipped, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Sales are expected to
begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and pricing will be announced closer to
the Koup's launch.
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"The Forte Koup is arguably the sportiest vehicle in our award-winning lineup,
and it has helped raise Kia's brand awareness significantly among automotive
enthusiasts," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing &
communications, KMA. "Its rakish design, premium amenities and powerful
turbocharged engine set it apart from the competition. With the debut of the
Forte sedan and 5-door earlier this year, and now the Koup in New York, the
Forte lineup has been completely revamped from top to bottom."
Similar to its Forte 5-door sibling, the Forte Koup is offered in two trim
levels, EX and SX, with two engine and transmission choices. The EX comes
equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, and the tarmac-carving SX
comes standard with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The EX comes
standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the SX may be mated with
either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic featuring
steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Advanced Technology and Premium Features
In keeping with the rest of the Forte family, the all-new Forte Koup offers
buyers an impressive list of technology and safety features. The Koup EX
comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with Rear Camera
Display^1, Bluetooth^®2 wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio^3,
leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control
buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and
LED positioning headlights with fog lights.
The Koup SX rewards buyers with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome
exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Forte Koup SX also offers an aggressive
front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille
inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with
carbon fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also
feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.
Both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system
with HD Radio™^4, sunroof, heated steering wheel, 10-way adjustable power
driver's seat, heated front seats and cooled driver's seat, leather seating
surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror
and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Continuing Kia's Design Leadership
Created by the design studio at KMA's corporate campus in Irvine, Calif., the
Forte Koup's sporty two-door profile, swooping roofline, and large 18-inch
alloy wheels give it an athletic and aggressive stance that continues Kia's
tradition as a design leader.
The Forte Koup's swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders, and the
raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty
appearance. LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia.
At the rear, LED tail lights complete the premium look of the exterior. A rear
valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte Koup's sporty
Sporty Cabin with Premium Features
The interior of the Forte Koup features premium materials and soft touch
points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into the
instrument cluster. Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and optional
push-button start, along with carbon fiber-like textures on the dash and
seats, add a sporty touch. A grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift
knob are further evidence of the Forte Koup's performance intentions.
Class-exclusive available features such as front heated seats, an air-cooled
driver's seat and driver-selectable electric steering further set the Forte
Koup apart from its two-door competition.
Dynamic Driving Experience
Utilizing a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the SX is the
most powerful Forte Koup ever. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front
wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The GDI powerplant
produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between
1,750-4,500 rpm. The advanced powertrain features double overhead cams with
dual continuously variable valve timing to help improve efficiency and
The Forte Koup EX comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant producing 173
horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. During
durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours at redline under
full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under
To help further improve performance, the Forte Koup features a sport-tuned
suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam rear
design. The Koup rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18 tires
are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving experience.
Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks ofInterbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned
vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia
Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the
company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors
Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than
11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima
andSorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Soul urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte
sedan, 5-door andKoup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA. In 2012, KMA recorded its
best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th
consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to
build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety
features and new technologies.
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
^1 The Rear-Camera Display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up
procedures. The Rear-Camera Display may not display every object behind the
vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up.
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Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other
trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible
Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use
Bluetooth® wireless technology.
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