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New York: Kia goes 2-door, debuts Forte Koup

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Following the introduction of its all-new Forte compact sedan at the Chicago Auto Show in February, Kia unveiled the 2-door variant here at the New York Auto Show today. The car takes not only the name, but also plenty of styling cues from the KOUP Concept that make it distinctively different from its sedan brother. Up front the Koup receives a more aggressive design, featuring a bespoke front end with a larger lower intake and more vertical side intakes. At the rear are wider and thinner taillights with a larger rear fascia and dual exhaust tips.

Powertrains are identical to the sedan; the base EX model gets Kia's 2.0-liter inline-4 producing 156 horsepower and 144 lb-ft torque while the SX features a 2.4-liter four-banger with 173 horsepower and 168 lb-ft torque. Transmission options are a standard 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic on the EX, and a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic on the SX. Inside the Forte Koup features standard sport seats, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry and cruise control, and a leather package is an option on both models. Follow the jump for full details in the press release and check out plenty of high-res photos in the gallery below.

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WOW, the car yells Honda Knock off to me. The front lower bumper yells to me either the GMC Terrain or some other car I just looked at but says CUV. Gonna have to go look at the other posts and be right back.

Yup the outside edges of the bummper do remind me of the GMC Terrain bumper. I am sure others are like this also as many seem to be going for the front bumper block look with driving lights at the outside edge.

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WOW, the car yells Honda Knock off to me. The front lower bumper yells to me either the GMC Terrain or some other car I just looked at but says CUV. Gonna have to go look at the other posts and be right back.

Yup the outside edges of the bummper do remind me of the GMC Terrain bumper. I am sure others are like this also as many seem to be going for the front bumper block look with driving lights at the outside edge.

Except this was around before the Terrain was even spy photographed.

Screams Civic knock-off to me, too.

I see Civic in the front, but no where else (just like the sedan). One major difference though...

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It looks a hell of a lot better than the Civic.

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It definitely has a Honda or Mitsubishi vibe to it. Really, if those two companies collaborated on a low cost sporty coupe, this is exactly what it would look like.

It still looks relatively lower quality, but I would take this over a Cobalt based on styling (unless it drives like crap).

I really really don't like the wheels.

If you gave it some nice wheels I think this is one of the better looking sport-compacts. It doesn't look as refined as the Civic Coupe but it looks a little more aggressive.

It looks like it has more head room for the back passengers, and they managed to pull it off without making it look goofy.

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DF, true it was around before the Terrain, maybe GM copied them then. :rotflmao:

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DF, true it was around before the Terrain, maybe GM copied them then. :rotflmao:

Wouldn't that be funny and ironic if that were true. :lol:

But neither are really copies...the design is too different.

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Wouldn't that be funny and ironic if that were true. :lol:

But neither are really copies...the design is too different.

True, the middle is very differant but the over all general outside design has similarities.

In fact I have started to see a sad trend of the Hybrids and the eco box's and that is that they are all looking like the same Jelly Bean mold. Individuality is being lost as everyone goes after the same styling.

Sad.

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I see some Audi A5 styling cues in the C-pillar and greenhouse.

Where does the Forte fit into the Kia line..is it replacing an existing model?

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I see some Audi A5 styling cues in the C-pillar and greenhouse.

Where does the Forte fit into the Kia line..is it replacing an existing model?

It replaces the Spectra.

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It replaces the Spectra.

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So then like GM they will isolate and loose at least half of the Spectra customers. :scratchchin:

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I don't think any of the Spectra customers were brand loyal, and certainly not nameplate loyal. :lol:

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I see Civic in the front, but no where else (just like the sedan). One major difference though...

It looks a hell of a lot better than the Civic.

At first glance it might look better, but I guarantee if you set them side by side in the same color and looked at them, the Kia would look far cheaper and overall crappier. There is no question in my mind about that.

I still do not like the Civic sedan in pictures, but every one I see on the road looks really nice, especially the 2009 MMC.

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At first glance it might look better, but I guarantee if you set them side by side in the same color and looked at them, the Kia would look far cheaper and overall crappier. There is no question in my mind about that.

I still do not like the Civic sedan in pictures, but every one I see on the road looks really nice, especially the 2009 MMC.

Of course there is no question in your mind, you like everything Honda makes, even that disgusting ZDX. :P

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I see the Civic resemblance, but not bad. Not sure I like it more than the Focus.

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I, too, immediately thought Civic when first seeing the pictures. Only this thing is much nicer looking than the Civic. I'm surprised to say it, but I actually like it! I still wouldn't buy one, though. :lol:

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It's hard not to see the Civic resemblance and I would agree with Siegen as far as comparing the two go. However, that's not to say it looks bad. It looks fairly nice. There are just a few design issues that effect the overall vibe it gives off. Certain cues could have been executed better. In contrast, the Civic, while somewhat frumpy, is a consistent design in coupe form. The sedan is another story.

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Except this was around before the Terrain was even spy photographed.

I see Civic in the front, but no where else (just like the sedan). One major difference though...

gal_lg11.jpg

gal_lg7.jpg

It looks a hell of a lot better than the Civic.

I see Civic coupe. I think the front end is unique to the Kia, but the stance and roof are too similar to the Civic Coupe.

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I see Civic coupe. I think the front end is unique to the Kia, but the stance and roof are too similar to the Civic Coupe.

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I'm going to go with "no".

If anything it has a roof line more like the Malibu's

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Shoot, it's got a B-pillar.
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2 door jetta.

actually, it looks like the civic, but far nicer. the civic is a joke. this looks pretty nice actually. The interior is far nicer actually.

and it has horsepower too. better looking more power better warranty cheaper than the honda. EASY DECISION.

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