Kia prepares the introduction of diesel cars in the U.S. on Facebook

Article by Christian A., on May 18, 2012

It’s a sure thing for the U.S. to soon have a diverse range of diesel passenger car lines. The world’s major automakers are already preparing to have more diesel cars available to consumers in the U.S. There was a recent article on EfficientAutomobiles.com that implied that there would be a North American diesel Optima in the future.

In response, a post on Kia’s PR Facebook page asked if fans would want to drive a diesel car. It wouldn’t be surprising for Kia to offer a diesel engine since its rivals have similar plans. A diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze will be arriving soon. Mazda is also expected to begin offering its SkyActiv-D engine in the new Mazda6, which was seen as the Takeri concept.

Throughout history, diesel vehicles have not done well in the U.S. because of their low horsepower ratings and rpm limits that were easily outperformed by their gas rivals. But now, customers prefer more efficient engines. For Kia’s market in Europe, just the 1.7-liter diesel Optima with 134hp and 239 lb-ft of torque is available.

This would be a model that’s likely to be offered in the U.S. Many believe that a diesel Optima won’t appeal to Americans because of its substantial curb weight of about 3,300 lbs. However, if Kia offers the same power in the new Forte, it will come up with an impressive combination of torque and efficiency.

Kia Motors America presented its all-new Kia Forte at the LA International Auto Show 2012, revealing a striking European design-inspired sedan which makes it clear that the Korean carmaker has another winner in its roster of sought-after vehicles. The all-new 2014 Forte sits on an all-new chassis, which is lower, longer, and wider compared with the previous-generation Forte.

The new third-generation Forte therefore offers more room, more premium amenities, and better performance when it goes on sale in early 2013. Moreover, the all-new Kia Forte is going to be offered in two variants, LX and EX, with a choice of a powerful 2.0-liter engine or an efficient 1.8-liter engine.

Replacing the current Kia Forte, which has been considered a sales success story ever since it was launched in 2009, the all-new Kia Forte will represent the core of the company’s small-car lineup. It is slotted between the best-selling Kia Optima mid-size sedan and the Kia Rio sub-compact sedan and includes a list of unexpected premium features and elements in a package that can easily and comfortably accommodate five passengers and their cargoes.

Offered in LX and in EX trim levels, the new Kia Forte carries on the carmaker’s reputation for possessing premium features that redefine vehicle segments. The LX variant comes with standard steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth wireless technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, air conditioning, power windows, and power-heated outside mirrors, among other features that make it stand out from competitors.

The Popular Package adds 16” alloy wheels, keyless entry plus remote trunk release, cruise control, and sliding front armrest. You can also opt for the Eco Package, which includes Kia's Idle Stop & Go system, unique "eco" badge, and dual-zone automatic temperature control plus rear seat ventilation.

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