Third time's the charm. The final member of Kia's Forte trio has been revealed here at the New York Auto Show, and this new coupe Koup will join the sedan and five-door models when it goes on sale near the end of this year.

The two-door Forte looks sharp, and we like the way Kia's new design language for its compact car has translated onto this coupe model. LED running lights are found up front, matching the LED taillmaps at the rear. EX models will ride on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the upgraded SX model will use 18-inch rollers.

Two powertrains will be offered in the Forte Koup: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four in the EX, producing 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission; and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four in the SX, rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The five-door Forte also gets this turbocharged mill, and if its specs sound familiar, it's because this engine is also found under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Inside, Kia says there are plenty of sporty touches to the cabin, though all that really means for buyers is a smattering of fake carbon fiber and some leather-wrapped touchable surfaces. Still, things should be pretty pleasant inside the Forte, and Kia promises standard features like the company's UVO connectivity system, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio and a rear camera display.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2014 Forte Koup's on-sale date later this year. We'll have more images direct from New York in short order, so stay tuned. In the meantime, take a glance below for the official press release.
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201-HP Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine is First for Forte Koup SX

- Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte Koup exemplifies World-class style and sportiness
- Forte Koup is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013

NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the third and final member of the completely redesigned Forte lineup when it unveiled the sleek and purposeful all-new Forte Koup at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Following the launch of the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door, the all-new two-door Forte Koup SX boasts European-inspired design and performance to match with a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. As equipped, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Sales are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and pricing will be announced closer to the Koup's launch.

"The Forte Koup is arguably the sportiest vehicle in our award-winning lineup, and it has helped raise Kia's brand awareness significantly among automotive enthusiasts," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. "Its rakish design, premium amenities and powerful turbocharged engine set it apart from the competition. With the debut of the Forte sedan and 5-door earlier this year, and now the Koup in New York, the Forte lineup has been completely revamped from top to bottom."

Similar to its Forte 5-door sibling, the Forte Koup is offered in two trim levels, EX and SX, with two engine and transmission choices. The EX comes equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, and the tarmac-carving SX comes standard with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The EX comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the SX may be mated with either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Advanced Technology and Premium Features

In keeping with the rest of the Forte family, the all-new Forte Koup offers buyers an impressive list of technology and safety features. The Koup EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO 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, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.

The Koup SX rewards buyers with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Forte Koup SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fiber-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.

Both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio™ , sunroof, heated steering wheel,10-way adjustable power driver's seat, heated front seats and cooled driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Continuing Kia's Design Leadership

Created by the design studio at KMA's corporate campus in Irvine, Calif., the Forte Koup's sporty two-door profile, swooping roofline, and large 18-inch alloy wheels give it an athletic and aggressive stance that continues Kia's tradition as a design leader.

The Forte Koup's swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders, and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty appearance. LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia. At the rear, LED tail lights complete the premium look of the exterior. A rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte Koup's sporty demeanor.

Sporty Cabin with Premium Features

The interior of the Forte Koup features premium materials and soft touch points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into the instrument cluster. Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and optional push-button start, along with carbon fiber-like textures on the dash and seats, add a sporty touch. A grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are further evidence of the Forte Koup's performance intentions. Class-exclusive available features such as front heated seats, an air-cooled driver's seat and driver-selectable electric steering further set the Forte Koup apart from its two-door competition.

Dynamic Driving Experience

Utilizing a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the SX is the most powerful Forte Koup ever. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The GDI powerplant produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm. The advanced powertrain features double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing to help improve efficiency and performance.
The Forte Koup EX comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant producing 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. During durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 percent above redline under full load.

To help further improve performance, the Forte Koup features a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam rear design. The Koup rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18 tires are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving experience.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      If Kia have straightened out the steering and manual transmission feel - this could be a hot compact. A limited slip up front wouldn't hurt, though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How come other sites have interior pix and AB doesn't?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I enjoy turbo engines (as do most autobloggers) but honestly why would they have a turbo 1.6 liter for 201 hp instead of just putting the Sonata 2.4 cyl 200hp engine into it? I think it would be less complex without a turbo and save money. It's also rated about the same MPG. 22/34 in Sonata and 25/34 in Veloster. With the Veloster being so much smaller I think that is the reason that it's slightly more fuel efficient. Last, the Turbo engine costs $1600 more than the base 1.6 liter Veloster engine. I don't think the 2.4 (which is used in multiple other Kia/Hyundai vehicles) would cost $1600 more to install instead of a 2.0 liter. I bet they could drop the turbo engine, increase reliability and save about $800 per car in MSRP pricing and still make more profit than using the turbo. I think they are just gaming the EPA figures because small turbo engine on EPA ratings is higher than real world driving. Just like diesel is lower on the test than in real world driving.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 2.4 may not fit, and/or be too heavy.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because they don't want it competing with the Optima. Just like the Sonata engine isn't in the Elantra.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I liked the sharper edges of the current model better.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the interior design is better than the normal Forte.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool. tC, Civic Coupe, better take notice.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't put my finger on it, but this car looks familiar. It looks like a tC and civic mashup. Anyway it's a good looking coupe, but seeing how great other Kia designs are, I'm disappionted it isn't bold as their other designs.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks nice.
      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      This blows away Honda Civic but then again the old Forte Koup did, too. I like the new slightly squished-together front end look. Interior? Huh. I\'ve never understood the intense scrutiny dorks put on the interiors of cars. Why? It\'s the outside look that matters, IMHO. This is a grand salami for Kia, one of many lately. They\'ve come a long way since I bought my first Kia, a 1999 Kia Sephia sedan in Violet Mist, 5-speed standard transmission and a $2,000 Kia manufacturers rebate back. Paid only $7,995 plus t&l for that baby. No A/C (living then in Washington state where one doesn\'t need air conditioning) and no stereo radio. I took the Sephia in right away to get a stereo installed (speaker were already installed) and eventually got some Konig Diva wheels and Hankook radials to improve the ride considerably. I loved that car, eventually traded it in in 2001 for a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 with a 5-speed transmission. Great little SUV. I\'m now rolling in a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS that I traded in the Sportage 4X4 in for. But I remember my Kia ownership days well and speak highly of the South Korean company.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryan Lund
        Sorry, but you spend 100% of your time INSIDE the car so the cabin damn well does deserve scrutiny.
      • 2 Years Ago
      they've made it significantly worse!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly...I prefer the previous model. There's nothing actually wrong with the way this looks, but it does look a bit bloated in pictures compared to the athletic looking predecessor. And that SX sounds an awful lot like it's Si/GTI hunting. We shall see...
        • 2 Years Ago
        On a Mac Pherson front, torsion beam rear, and no LSD I'm afraid the only place the SX is going is in a straight line... Unless KIA/Hyundai found some magic recipe between chassis engineering and suspension geometry that proves otherwise.
          • 2 Years Ago
          SPOILER: the GTI used to make do with that same setup.
          • 2 Years Ago
          "Also, for some stupid reason, Honda EU put the Civic Type-R (FN2) a Mac Pherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension." Because it was cheaper than trying to stuff a multilink/any kind of other rear suspension in the FN2. The FN2 underneath was still based on the Jazz platform, hence the torsion beam, but Honda tried to cheapen and soften the model, hoping to sell vehicles more on the boot space and the "Type-R" moniker than the merits of the vehicle as it pertains to its performance lineage. Honda has had many, many missteps, but the FN2 is probably one if it's grandest. IIRC however, they sold a quite a few. Nonetheless, a performance car like that should never be dictated by bean-counters and marketers.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They managed to take whatever cool factor the Koup had (even if it was stolen from Honda) now it looks like a cheap toy car. Good going Kia. Its also the Velosters horrible turbo engine, have fun getting passed by base model family sedans.
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