Laptops are dying left and right at the Javits Center, so getting info from the floor of the New York Auto Show is trying at best. However, we just got this intriguing pic via the TCC hotline (i.e. our personal cell phones) and this cryptic sentence: "2010 KIA Forte Koup. Yes: 'Koup'. 2.4 liter four with 173 hp and six speed manual. More l8tr."
Here's the "l8r" part: the new Koup model is spun from the Forte bits that were on public display at the Chicago auto show. The important bits and pieces include two models, the EX and SX. EX cars use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 156 horsepower, and a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes. The SX version churns away with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder worth 173 horsepower, via a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic with a manual-shift mode.
Kia's promising the interior room, handling, style and fuel economy to compete with the likes of the Honda Civic Coupe, Ford Focus coupe, and Scion tC. We'll be driving it soon--stay tuned for a first spin in the Koup before it goes on sale this summer.
Full press release below these live pics--more photos over at our 2010 Kia Forte page.
2010 KIA Forte KoupEnlarge Photo
Based on the design styling of the KOUP concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, Forte Koup’s fluid lines and balanced proportions, meant to evoke an emotional driving experience, closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile. Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), Forte Koup offers a muscular yet sophisticated design. Even from behind, Forte Koup exudes attitude with slim, wrapped tail lights, duel exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.
Athleticism and convenience are standard for the Forte Koup EX with body-color bumpers, power heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted with P205/55R16 tires. The SX trim offers an even sportier profile with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with P215/45R17-sized premium tires.
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Smooth and Sporty Ride
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height of 55.1 inches, Forte Koup is slightly shorter in length and height than the Forte sedan, but still boasts comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Koup’s lowered stance provides better aerodynamics for those looking for a more exciting ride.
The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness giving Forte Koup better handling, smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors, with a specially tuned suspension developed to optimize responsive handling on curvy roads. Additional refinements are fitted throughout to help ensure a comfortable ride with good noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction qualities.
Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody frame, Forte Koup utilizes the same platform as the sedan, with an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension with struts and coil springs. This combination helps provide the optimal balance of handling and comfort. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling to help provide the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road conditions. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension providing for a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.