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New York 2010: Kia adds five-door hatch to Forte lineup

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New York 2010: Kia adds five-door hatch to Forte lineup

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Apr 1st 2010 at 11:57AM

2011 Kia Forte five-door – Click above for high-res image gallery

Since Americans seem to be finally latching onto the concept of the compact five-door hatchback, Kia is jumping into the fight with a new variant of the Forte. The five-door Forte debuts with a slightly revised front fascia (something that will make its way onto all Forte models) to go with its new more useful backside.

Under the hood the Forte five-door retains the same port-injected 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter inline-four engines found in the sedan and Koup. Those engines remain paired with six-speed transmissions of the manual or automatic flavors. Inside, a new center console can be equipped with a navigation system for the first time, push-button start is available and the automatic versions get paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Look for the Forte five-door to hit Kia dealers in the coming months.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/01/new-york-2010-kia-adds-five-door-hatch-to-forte-lineup/

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I think it looks nice. I would probably choose a new gen Astra 5-door or Focus 5-door over the Forte, but I do think Kia's entry in the compact 5-door hatch segment is attractive. I have to give Kia credit for having mulitple choices (sedan, coupe, and hatchback) in their compact line in the U.S. I hope more automakers follow suit.

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