The new 2020 Kia Forte5 has been introduced in Canada, offering Kia’s Canuck buyers the choice between sedan and hatchback bodystyles with its compact.
Kia says the Forte5 “confidently boasts a sporty look that communicates its intentions to be the performance-focused ‘bad boy’ within the Forte family.”
Two engines will be on offer in the Forte5: a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four. Kia didn’t mention performance figures, but in other Hyundai-Kia vehicles, the 1.6-liter turbo is good for 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, while the efficiency-minded 2.0-liter makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.
Two transmissions are also available — a seven-speed dual clutch and a new Intelligent Variable CVT.
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Kia has yet to sort out the trim levels and pricing structure for the Forte5, but the automaker is promising available features like 18-inch alloy wheels, dual tip exhaust, a red-accented radiator grille, sports seats, an alloy gear knob and a flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters.
“We’re confident that this new Kia Forte5 delivers on what Canadians want -a sporty, yet practical Hatchback that is great to look at, fun to drive, safe and connects to their unique lives,” said Kia Canada marketing boss Michael Kopke.
It’s currently not clear if Kia plans on introducing the Forte5 in the U.S. We reached out to Kia for comment and will update our story when we hear back. American Kia buyers get the new Forte sedan, though, which is still rather handsome with its mini Kia Stinger looks, in our opinion.
For now, Canadian consumers can look for the 2020 Kia Forte5 to go on sale in the fall of this year.
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