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

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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.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[source: Kia]

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It's not quite as sharp as the new Astra 5-door or the upcoming Focus 5-door, but it's not repulsive either. It's nice to see that Kia will have 3 options in its compact line. I miss the old days when automakers offered several bodystyle options on their vehicle lines. I think it will be overshadowed a bit by the upcoming Focus 5-door, but it's a nice looking compact hatch. At least we didn't get stuck with the dorky looking C'eed here in the States. After Hyundai brought over the awkward looking i30 Estate as the Elantra Touring (what a disappointment!), I didn't have high hopes for the 5-door version of the Forte.

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