LOS ANGELES — Kia will replace its best-selling Spectra this summer with the Forte, a slightly bigger and more powerful sedan.
A coupe version of the Forte — Kia's first coupe — will follow in the fall. No hatchback version will be offered in the United States to replace the Spectra hatchback.
The U.S. version of the Forte has not been priced.
The Forte, which debuted in South Korea in August, is 178.3 inches long and 69.9 inches wide, 1.1 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than the 2009 Spectra. The Forte sits on a 104.3-inch wheelbase, compared with the Spectra's 102.8 inches.
Estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg city/34 highway for the four-speed automatic, up from 24/32 for the 2009 Spectra. The new five-speed automatic gets an estimated 26/36 mpg. Estimates for the manual versions are unavailable.