Over a year ago, Kia gave its Forte lineup a good old update, with little bits of tweaks here and there, and a bigger 2.0 liter engine, plus a new S trim. The new Kia Forte lineup, including a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback was then showcased at the Detroit Auto Show. The sleeker version of the Forte Koup was said to receive the same treatment later that year, but we never got any update from the company. Now we know why - James Hope, Kia spokesperson said to CarsDirect that the 2016 Forte Koup will not have another successor.
The reason behind this discontinuation is the fact that the company had a difficult time selling the 2016 model, and it is not aligned with customer’ purchasing trends. The Korea-based company has also stopped taking orders for the particular model. But if you’re still thinking of getting a two-door Forte Koup, hurry up and head to showrooms as they still may have a few stocks left at a discounted rate.
The Forte Koup came in two trims: the EX with the 173 horsepower 2.0 liter engine and the SX which came with the bigger 1.6 liter turbocharged engine that generates 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm. Both are listed on the company’s website with prices ranging from $19,890 MSRP (for the EX) to $20,690 (for the SX), which do not include the destination and handling fees. But the good thing is that if you’re interested in these models, there is a $2,500 rebate applicable. And to sell out the remaining 2016 models, the dealers may even include an extra discount for you, who knows?
Despite having to discontinue the Forte Koup due to its low demand, the two other models are apparently doing great according to Hope. In fact, the Forte family has reached its peak in term of orders and deliveries last year, and it looks like 2017 will be another successful year for them - with already a 5% increase compared to first quarter sales of the previous year.
Today, the most affordable Forte is the entry-level LX trim sedan which is priced at $16,600. On the contrary, their most expensive model so far is the range-topping Forte5 hatchback SX trim starting at $23,800.
Now, with the affordable coupe segment getting smaller, lets just hope that success continues for the remaining Kia models. And who knows, maybe the discontinuation of the Fort Koup will inspire the company to come up with something more focused to what its market wants.