Next generation of KIA Forte hatchback enters Mexican market
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KIA Motors introduced to the Mexican market the new generation of the Forte hatchback, the five-door version of the vehicle manufactured at the Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon plant.
The Forte hatchback, now imported from Korea, will be marketed in six trim versions and two options of four-cylinder engines. The first is a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine which delivers 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft., while the second is a turbocharged 1.6-liter with 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic double clutch gearbox.
The Turbo version has moldings that reflect the sporty character, redesigned LED headlamps and taillights, as well as a new “tiger nose” grille with GT emblem.
It also has projection fog lights, rear wings, dual chrome exhaust and independent rear suspension.
The interior features steering wheel and lever covered in leather, infotainment center with 8-inch touch screen equipped with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, as well as Harman/Kardon audio system.
The top trim includes a wireless charger for smartphones, one-touch sunroof, rear camera, blind spot detection, cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
The KIA Forte GT will face in the Mexican market rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf, the Mazda 3 Hatchback, the Seat Leon, and even with the Peugeot 308.