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2014 Kia Forte Arrives in LA

Kia has unveiled the all-new third generation 2014 Kia Forte at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The new 2014 Forte adopts Kia's latest design language , which has created a more aggressive Forte that is now longer, wider and lower than the previous-generation. The all-new Forte rides on a chassis that is longer (by 1.2 inches), lower (0.6 inches) and wider (0.2 inches) than the previous Forte sedan. Its 106.3-inch wheelbase is also two inches longer than the outgoing model.


"The all-new Forte significantly raises the bar, offering upscale amenities and eye-catching appeal," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "When you combine exclusive available features like a ventilated driver's seat and UVO eServices in a car with such an attractive design, it's very clear the all-new Forte sets a new standard for the compact segment."

The Forte will be offered in two trims, LX and EX, with a choice of a 1.8-liter engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter engine. With 148 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the LX can be mated to either a standard six speed manual transmission or six speed automatic gearbox. The Forte EX is powered by a 173-horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that is mated to a standard six speed automatic.


The LX model comes standard with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, power windows, air conditioning and power heated outside mirrors. The optional Popular Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry and a sliding front armrest. The Eco Package includes Kia's ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system, dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation and unique "eco" badge.


The EX trim gets Kia's next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment system with eServices standard and can now be integrated with an optional navigation system. Additional standard EX features include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, rear camera back-up display, a sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box. The new optional Flex Steer system allows the driver to choose between three distinct steering profiles: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Features found in the optional Premium Package include heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel. Opting for the Technology Package adds HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation.


The 2014 Kia Forte will arrive in early 2013.

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