2015 Forte5 Offers European-inspired Design and Five-door Functionality

  • Forte5 combines European-influenced style with the practicality of a hatchback
  • Improved packaging and broad array of technology enhances the value of the stylish five-door

IRVINE, Calif., May 29, 2014 – Carrying over in the 2015 model year, the Forte5’s eye-catching European-inspired hatchback design continues to deliver an abundance of features in the practical hatchback version of its award-winning sedan sibling.  The Forte5 is offered in two trim levels, EX and SX, with two distinct engine choices.  The Forte5 packs a punch, with the EX’s 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine and the SX’s powerful 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine.  The SX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an available 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

True to Kia’s reputation for tremendous value, the Forte5 offers an impressive array of amenities and technology.  The base EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth®1 wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio2, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons3, FlexSteer®, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.  The SX trim ups the ante with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, UVO eServices4 with rear camera displayand LED tail lights.  Forte5 SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes and alloy sport pedals.  The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim. 

Additionally, both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio™6, sunroof, heated steering wheel, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated front seats and ventilated driver’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control. 

Conceived under the watchful eye of Kia’s global chief of design Peter Schreyer, the Forte5's sophisticated hatchback profile, large wheels and aggressive posture give it a distinctly European appearance that speaks to its performance intentions.  The chiseled body commands attention and continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader in the industry.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles.   KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. A compatible Bluetooth® enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.

2 Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

3 Driving while distracted is dangerous and should be avoided. Drivers should remain attentive to driving and always exercise caution when using the steering-wheel-mounted controls while driving.

“No subscription fee for UVO eServices. No charge for the UVO eServices app. App uses your smartphone cellular data service. Normal cellular service rates will apply.  Always drive safely and use caution.

The Rear-Camera Display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up procedures. The Rear-Camera Display may not display every object behind the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up.

6 HD Radio™ and the HD Radio™ logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation.

** 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.

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