Kia unveils Forte LPI Hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The first hybrid car from the Korean manufacturer will make its debut on the market this year, in August. The vehicle will come at this year's Seoul Motor Show and will be based on the Kia Forte.

Dubbed Forte LPI Hybrid, the car will use LPG as an alternative fuel but will be fitted also with an electric motor.

According to the manufacturer, the car will be powered by a 1.6-liter Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine delivering 114 hp and coupled to an electric motor capable to deliver 20 hp.

The battery found on the vehicle will be manufactured by LG Chem and will use lithium-polymer (Li-poly), since the Koreans are not convinced by the quality of the Lithium-Ion batteries.

It seems that the supplier of the batteries will be the same used by Chevrolet for the new Volt. The vehicle will also come with a new body kit consisting in a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new grille and a new rear bumper.

According to our sources, Kia claims that for a distance of 20,000 km the total costs of the fuel will be with 700 less than a gasoline-powered vehicle. [photo courtesy: kia-world]

Topics: kia, kia forte, coupe, hybrid

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