Kia Forte Five-Door Debuts in Chicago

Hatchback

SX trim model to pack a 1.6-liter turbo good for 201 horsepower.

Kia has followed up its all-new Forte sedan with the unveiling of the five-door hatchback variant at the Chicago Auto Show. Unlike the current Forte five-door, the styling of the two models is very distinct and there's also a bit more grunt on tap. The entry-level EX is powered by a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder rated at 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, while the sportier SX variant comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI four-pot good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and mated to either a six-speed manual or optional automatic transmission (complete with paddle shifters).

The SX is further distinguished from the base model by a unique front fascia, dual chrome exhaust, LED taillights and 18-inch alloys. Compared to the sedan, the 2014 Kia Forte five-door has a far smaller tiger-nose grille and a larger lower intake, but maintains the swept headlights and raked windshield. Inside, a rear camera display, Bluetooth and leather-wrapped steering wheel comes as standard, with the SX receiving alloy sport pedals and carbon-fiber-style accents. There's 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while optional extras include HID healights, sat-nav, heated front seats, push-button start, sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Expect to see the Forte 5-door on sale in the third-quarter of the year.

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