Kia Unveils Forte LPI Hybrid in South Korea

Kia has officially unveiled its first mass production hybrid model that is based on the new Forte sedan, the Forte LPI hybrid.

The Forte LPI hybrid is powered by a mild-hybrid system that features a 1.6L engine mated to an electric motor. The Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine generates 114 hp and the electric motor generates an extra 20 hp. The hybrid system is mated to a continuously variable transmission and achieves 41 mpg. The Forte LPI hybrid is also the world’s first hybrid to use a lithium polymer (Li–poly) battery.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see an LPI hybrid from Kia anytime soon in the US, but we can expect a Forte hybrid with a gas powered engine at some point.

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