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Kia Officially Introduces Forte Koup

Sporty two-door compact to go on sale this Summer

 |  Jul 10 2009, 9:20 AM

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Hot on the heels of the company’s new Forte compact sedan, Kia has officially announced that it will release a coupe version of the car. A concept model was shown at this year’s New York Auto Show and the coupe is slated to keep that car’s name: the Koup.

As the first two-door in the company’s history, the Koup reflects the Forte’s style and adds lots of sporty details, like a large front opening, flared fenders and a racy rear diffuser.

In terms of size, the Koup is 2.4-inches lower, 2.0-inches shorter and 0.4-inches narrower than the sedan, but with the same 104.3-inch wheelbase, making it comfortable for five passengers.

The Forte Koup will come in either EX or SX trim. EX models will get 16-inch wheels and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 156hp. The SX model rolls on 17-inch wheels and gets a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173hp. EX models come with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic, while SX models get a standard six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.

Fuel economy ratings for the EX are pegged at 25/34 mpg (city/highway) for either the manual or automatic. SX models get 22/32 mpg with the six-speed or 23/31 mpg with the five-speed auto.

The Kia Forte Koup will go on sale later this summer.

GALLERY: Kia Forte Koup

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