The 5-door hatchback version of the new generation Kia Forte (Cerato) was unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show. Apart from the hatch, the 5-door Forte looks substantially different than the sedan version. Different, but not better, we’re afraid.
Forte Hatchback features a smaller version of the Tiger Nose grille, unique headlights, and a new front bumper with a larger mouth than the sedan. Depending on the version, the car comes with 16 or 18 inch wheels, and also different interior trims.
Kia Forte 5-door comes in two trim levels, EX and SX, each with its unique engine. The EX gets a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine developing 173 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque, and the SX a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
Standard kit on the EX version includes 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with rear camera display, Bluetooth® wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.
The SX meanwhile gets 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Kia Forte 5-door SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch, which is in the third quarter of 2013.