Kia introduces Koup
The new Kia Koup ..... excuse the spelling!|
10th April, 2009
- Kia adds design-focused two-door coupe to line-up
- Newest vehicle offers distinctive Kia style, value and safety features
- Sporty features and capabilities make Kia’s first-ever two-door coupe a true driver’s car
With performance-inspired, aggressive and sleek styling, Kia Motors America (KMA) overnight debuted the 2010 Forte Koup
(to be known as ‘Cerato Koup’ in some countries and simply 'Koup' in others) production vehicle during a press conference
at the 2009 New York Motor Show (NYIAS). Joining the Forte (Cerato) 'family' in the Kia line-up, the company’s first-ever
two-door coupe embodies the brand’s current bold design direction first seen on the concept version of the Soul urban
passenger vehicle in 2006.
“On the heels of the introductions of the Soul and Forte sedan, Forte Koup represents the next exciting step in the
transformation of Kia design and offers a blend of sporty and emotional appeal,” said Michael Sprague, vice president,
marketing, KMA. “We believe our new design evolution coupled with standard Kia value and safety features will continue
to attract customers to the Kia brand.”
Based on the design styling of the KOUP concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, Koup’s fluid lines and balanced
proportions, meant to evoke an emotional driving experience, closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept
vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low,
Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), Koup offers a 'muscular' yet sophisticated design. Even from behind, Koup
exudes attitude with slim, wrapped tail lights, duel exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.
Athleticism and convenience are standard for the Forte Koup EX with body-colour bumpers, power heated outside mirrors
with integrated turn signals and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted with P205/55R16 tyres. The SX trim offers an even sportier
profile with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with P215/45R17-sized premium tyres.
Smooth and Sporty Ride
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height
of 55.1 inches, Koup is slightly shorter in length and height than the Cerato (Forte) sedan, but still boasts seating for
up to five passengers. Kia Koup’s lowered stance provides better aerodynamics for those looking for a more exciting ride.
The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness giving Kia Koup better handling, smoother ride quality and
greater refinement than its competitors, with a specially tuned suspension developed to optimise responsive handling on
curvy roads. Additional refinements are fitted throughout to help ensure a comfortable ride with good noise, vibration and
harshness (NVH) reduction qualities.
Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody frame, Kia Koup utilises the same platform as the sedan, with an independent front
suspension with MacPherson struts and stabiliser bar and a torsion beam rear suspension with struts and coil springs. This
combination helps provide the optimal balance of handling and comfort. An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted
rack-and-pinion steering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling to help provide the most advantageous amount
of assist for varying road conditions. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension providing for a firmer ride
with reduced body roll and improved handling.
The new Kia Koup will be released|
in Australia during late Q3
More powerful than American competition, such as the Honda Civic Coupe, Ford Focus Coupe or Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe, Kia
Koup EX is powered by a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque that
features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection, both of which provide for
greater performance and fuel economy. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine, also with CVVT,
which delivers 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque, more than the Scion tC. Expanding upon the dynamic look and
feel, Forte Koup’s engine hums powerfully courtesy of the dual exhaust outlets outfitted on both EX and SX trims.
Like the Cerato sedan, two transmission options are available for both 2010 Kia Koup models: a standard five-speed
manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission (EX models). The SX model
features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmaticp®.
With a surprisingly spacious interior for a two-door coupe, Kia Koup provides a comfortable 90.7 cubic feet of interior
volume, larger than the 2009 Honda Civic Coupe, Scion tC or Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe. Driver and passengers have an
impressive 38.7 inches of headroom and 43.6 inches of legroom in the front seats and 35.3 inches of headroom and 33.9
inches of legroom in the rear seats. Trips to the beach and weekend getaways will be a breeze with ample cargo space of
12.6 cubic feet, enough to accommodate luggage and belongings of all passengers.
Kia Koup continues the luxury treatment with a host of standard interior features, beginning with supportive, nicely
appointed sport seats outfitted with more aggressive bolsters on the seat cushion and seat back for optimal comfort. Air
conditioning, a driver’s seat height adjuster, adjustable rear seat head restraints, tilt steering column, rear defroster,
centre console with dual cup holders, map lamps and variable intermittent wipers are also just some of the myriad amenities
standard on every vehicle. Also standard on all models are power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and
cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls for added convenience.
Progressing to the SX trim offers additional standard touches such as: unique sport cloth seats with vibrant red
stitching, a tilt and telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, metal pedals and metal
finish trim and a Supervision™ gauge cluster with trip computer further enhancing its energetic personality. Both EX and
SX trims also offer an optional power moonroof.
An optional Leather Package is available for both EX and SX trims. When combined with the EX trim the Leather Package
adds leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and heated seats. When paired with the SX trim it
includes leather and heated seats in addition to the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
For inside entertainment while cruising down the road, Kia Koup comes with a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio
system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities. For added listening convenience steering wheel-mounted audio
controls also come standard on all models, as well as USB and auxiliary input jacks in the centre console with full
iPod® and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit. Standard Bluetooth® connectivity enables hands-free operation
for compatible phones.
Standard Kia Motors Safety
Kia Koup offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment, with features such as dual front advanced airbags,
front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic
stability control (ESC) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Note: Standard equipment, specifications and trim levels based on U.S. model (known as Kia Forte Koup) and may vary
between different markets.