• Mar 8th 2009 at 10:33AM
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Head over to Kia World for a new gallery of Kia Forte Coupe spy pics

Kia World has scored a new set of spy photos depicting a camoed-up Kia Forte Coupe in South Korea. The car, previewed by the impressive KOUP concept unveiled last spring in the Big Apple, is reportedly set to go on sale in several markets over the summer. It looks to be extremely faithful to last year's show car, right down to the wheel design.

While U.S. plans for the Forte Coupe have not been announced, Kia World spoke to some dealers who say that we should expect to see the car Stateside come December. If that's accurate information, we imagine that the production Coupe will be on hand at the Javits Center when the New York Auto Show gets underway next month. Look for a lineup of four-cylinder engines underhood, with the possibility that the direct-injected 1.6L turbo from the Hyundai ix-onic concept will be among them. Color us interested either way. Head over to Kia World to see their full gallery of new spy photos.

[Source: Kia World]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Very cool... not sure if I'm ready to jump on the Kia train yet, I'm happy with my Hyundai.
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      • 6 Years Ago

      It's ku-pay. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      A coupe, pillar-less and a turbo engine? Won't all that make for a pricey car given the segment it will be in? And what would it's direct competitors be?

        • 6 Years Ago
        1: I would think it would be the Civic/Cobalt/Focus Coupe group (zomg i rhymed).

        2: But keep in mind the Cobalt and MS3 are Turbo'd, and don't break the bank. (though the Cobalt is down on price because they skimped on Interior materials, but that's not the point. 0_o)

        3: I do see a pillar on the 2nd pic. (and it looks like the viewable window size should be better than average from inside.)

        4: I don't think Kia would be dumb enough to charge a huge premium over it's competitors. They have (probably) learned their lesson ala Amanti.

        5: I use a lot of Parentheses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it will be a civic SI fighter. i'm lovin this!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does that car look VERY tall.

      The wheels don't look like 14"s or anything... but there are acres of fender above them, up to the hood line, and up to the c-pillar belt line over the rear tire, and the fender-to-tire gaps look plenty big, like most production cars.

      The general shape is decent, and the car probably will look dignified, but this thing is starting to look taller height, and shorter length, by proportion, as the Scion tC, which already looks a bit too tall, short-length, and narrow to be truly good looking.

      Probably a good car, that is going to look more mainstream and tall, than long, low, and wide, like a sportier car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know that the overall height is excessively tall, but the hood and trunk lid seem a bit tall. That could give it a slightly slab-sided look with a short greenhouse and lots of fender above the wheels. My bigger concern would be the interior. I'm hoping the dash isn't too tall and doesn't engulf the driver. Admittedly, there does seem to be some thick flat panel under the camo on the hood. So I'm hoping that disguise and slab-sided look is more of an optical illusion.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. This is a coupe, and thus bound to be shorter than the sedan, but it's already looking slightly taller than that dastardly ugly Accent beside it, which is a hatchback. It needs a lowering kit, too.

        Still looks good, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the wheels and the appearant pillarless side window? Or am i getting this wrong?
        • 6 Years Ago
        PJ are yoy saying having 15-inch wheels like Honda and some European car makers is a good thing? They look pathetic. One of the best things about my Mazda3 is that it came with 17s when Honda offered me 15s in the Civic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, I'm saying it's a good thing for stylists design to their bodywork around wheels that are actually close to production-spec. This is all too rare, and with the current trend towards taller cars with elevated seating, often results in proportions that make 18"s look like shopping-cart castors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It has a pillar .Visit the website and look at the side window.The pillar is a dark shadow behind the flush glass.
        Would've been nice though.Guess it's too costly to produce.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow..the car looks really amazing and promising too! The car's got nice rims too and i bet the interior would be as cool as the exteriors..

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully the quality of this car will be better than the Soul. I test drove one for kicks....man...the ride is BAD. Incredible suspension shock over bumps and rough spots. The Fit Sport is a far smoother car and still feels tighter and all-round more grounded.

      Does this thing have a start/stop system? Any chance of a hybrid?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia has improved at such an impressive rate. Detroit needs to learn from them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure looks pillarless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really, really wish another manufacturer besides Mercedes Benz would crank out a true 2-door hardtop (2dr coupe, no B-pillar, all side windows roll down). If MB can do it and still survive side-crash impact standards, then other car companies should be able to as well. I would definitely buy one, and I'll take a black exterior with a stick shift, please.

      Regardless if the qtr windows are fixed, the design looks great...
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