Joining the Sedan and Koup models in the ever-expanding Forte lineup, the past week’s 2010 New York Show played host to the unveiling of the third Forte variant, the brand new 2011 Kia Forte Hatchback. The latest five-door continues the brand's design-led transformation, combining a stylish new hatchback body with what should be efficient and fun-to-drive performance characteristics.
Sitting slightly lower than the sedan, the Forte Hatchback carries with it all the amenities of the Forte lineup and introduces a new front grille, alloy wheels, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, a push-button for starting the engine and an optional navigation system.
Two different engines will be offered initially: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill or a 2.4-liter unit. All Forte Hatchbacks will come with six-speed transmissions, either manual or automatic.