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Old 05-11-2019, 07:16 AM   #1
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Default New Kia Forte5 Hatchback Exists Confirmed For Canada



2020 Kia Forte5 Makes its North American debut in Montreal

Delivers on what Canadians want - a sporty, yet practical Hatchback

MONTREAL – Kia’s all-new compact Forte sedan will soon have a stablemate now that the Korean auto giant has taken the wraps off the 2020 Forte5 hatchback.

Set to begin arriving in Canadian showrooms next fall, the Forte5 sports a design that is heavily influenced by its European (Procee’d) and Korean (K3 GT) cousins, carrying what Kia Canada reps are calling ‘GT Line’ treatments that are aiming to give the car a sportier hot hatch look and feel.

Bottom line, Kia wants it to be the performance ‘bad boy’ (their words, not mine) of the Forte family.

“We’re confident that this new Kia Forte5 delivers on what Canadians want – a sporty, yet practical Hatchback that is great to look at, fun to drive, safe and connects to their unique lives,” Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada said in a statement.

Specific trims and detailed specifications aren’t yet available, but the Montreal reveal did cover the basics which I’ll run through here.

Dimensionally, the new Forte5 is longer (160 mm), wider (20 mm) and slightly shorter than the outgoing car and rides on a wheelbase that is unchanged (2,700 mm).

It's confirmed for Canada, but Kia says it hasn't yet decided if Americans will be able to buy the Forte hatch.

The Kia Forte compact car was redesigned for 2019, but only the sedan version has arrived in the U.S. market so far.

A hatchback version called the Forte5 exists for the Canada market but hasn't been confirmed for the U.S.

The 2020 Forte5 goes on sale in Canada this fall, but Kia says it has not yet decided whether or not it will reach the U.S. market.

A new generation of the Kia Forte sedan has been on sale for months now, but where is the new Forte5 hatchback version? We asked Kia about it, and the company says it hasn't decided yet whether to sell the new Forte5—pictured here in its Canada-market form—in the United States. The previous two generations of the Forte both offered a Forte5 variant in the U.S., but the previous-gen Forte5 was discontinued after the 2018 model year.

In Canada, the new 2020 Forte5 will be available with either a base 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base 2.0-liter engine is the same as what's available in the U.S.-market Forte sedan, while the turbocharged engine is the same as what we Americans will get in the upcoming Forte GT sedan, where it makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque and can also be had with a six-speed manual.

The Forte5 otherwise appears nearly identical to the Forte sedan we get—other than its hindquarters, of course. It has the same wheelbase but is about five inches shorter overall than the sedan. The extra practicality of the hatchback appeals to us, so we're hoping that Kia makes the correct decision to sell the Forte5 here.

The 2020 Forte5 goes on sale in Canada this fall, and we expect to hear one way or another about its fate in the U.S. within the next few months.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:53 AM   #2
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Wow, what a hunk of junk!!!
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:33 AM   #3
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Looks pretty good in that picture, but not sure what it looks like with better lighting.

Also looks alone don't mean crap about a car so I'd take it with a grain of salt. And Canadians have different taste..
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:05 AM   #4
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OH my oh my I'm waiting for the N type and plug in version so I can buy 2 of them
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