It’s fitting that Kia would choose an event in the Windy City at which to unleash the winds of change in the form of the 2014Forte 5-door hatchback. The compact being displayed at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show this week is offered in two trim levels, the base EX and the turbocharged SX, a first for the Korean auto maker. The hatchback’s debut closely follows that of the all-new Kia Forte sedan in L.A. last year. “We received very positive feedback after the all-new Forte sedan made its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we expect the all-new Forte 5-door will build upon that success,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communication at KMA. “The combination of a useful hatchback for carrying cargo and the sportiness of the turbocharged SX trim make the all-new Forte 5-door a dual threat in the segment.”
The base EX comes standard withUVO 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, LED headlights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SX model adds another two inches to the wheels, dual chorme exhaust tips and LED tail lights. Options on both include navigation with HD Radio, sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated/cooled seats, SmartKey push-button start, and dual zone automatic climate control. Kia describes the Forte 5-door’s appearance as “distinctly European” with a “chiseled body” and “sophisticated” profile. And, yes, this is a Kia we’re talking about. The “winds of change”, indeed!
The Kia Forte 5-door is expected to go on sale in Fall of 2013. To read the official Kia Motors America press release click here.