This is the new Kia Forte GT in five-door form

Does this hatchback have a place in our market?
by Leandre Grecia | Jun 14, 2021
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Kia already unveiled the refreshed Forte in its home market of Korea a couple of months back, albeit photos were a bit scarce then. Now, the new sedan has made its way to the Australian market, and we finally get a proper look at the top-spec GT variant.

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This one basically has the same face adorned with the new Kia badge, but it does get different 18-inch alloy wheels. Also, worth noting is that the Forte GT—also called the Cerato—that’s been launched Down Under is a five-door hatchback, not the same four-door sedan that we know. We reckon Kia will release a four-door version of it soon enough, though.

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Inside, the GT gets similar bits as the lower Forte variants. The same interior material can be found here, and there’s also the new 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (both of which are wireless) available. An exclusive feature in this top-of-the-line trim is the new sliding and tilting sunroof.

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There’s also nothing new under the hood. As mentioned previously, the range-topping Forte GT will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbopetrol that generates 201hp and 265Nm of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch tranny. This is identical to the setup we have here in our market.

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The new Forte GT’s handling is supposedly the same as before, but Kia says there were certain tweaks made to the suspension for improved ride comfort.

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So, what do you think of the new Forte GT, folks? If Kia Philippines were to bring the refreshed model here, do you think it should consider launching the five-door Forte, too? SHare your two cents in the comments.

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