Kia brought a hybrid version of the Forte sedan to this year’s SEMA Auto Show with the intent to show the world that a compact hybrid sedan can be anything but boring. The model revealed in Las Vegas is just a concept, but if enough customers show enough interest in this hybrid concept, then we can’t imagine that Kia wouldn’t run to the production line with this one.

The hybrid concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports and its hybrid system combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and lithium polymer battery with accentuated design characteristics, including body panel enhancements and a lowered stance, to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the environmentally-friendly sedan.

The package is finished by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise. On the inside, interior panel treatments feature custom enhancements, while a 1200 watt Infinity®2 audio system will entertain passengers.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Proving that a compact hybrid sedan can be anything but boring, the Kia Forte Hybrid Concept demonstrates styling options for those looking for an alternative to a mundane hybrid ride. Created by Kinetic Motorsports, the Hybrid Concept combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and lithium polymer battery with accentuated design characteristics, including body panel enhancements and a lowered stance, to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the environmentally-friendly sedan.

2010 Kia Forte Hybrid High Resolution Exterior
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The Kia Forte Hybrid Concept is accentuated by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise. On the inside, interior panel treatments feature custom enhancements, while a 1200 watt Infinity®2 audio system will entertain passengers.

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6 comments:

  (1211) posted on 03.28.2011

Just like what i have said before. I don’t know if Kia has come up with a good handling and how reliable are they. I think the technology that they have used is not that modern.

  (498) posted on 03.9.2011

I got a chance to drive this car and I was impressed with the power performance of this car. Compare to their other production I think Forte will win on this category.

  (458) posted on 01.24.2011

The package is finished by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise.

  (444) posted on 01.9.2011

one of the few Hybrids, which has RPM Gauge. Nice. It is a $25k Audi TDI, even thought it is a completely different car, just the look.

  (427) posted on 01.9.2011

Detroit are you paying attention? The Japanese and Koreans and even some of the German makes are moving toward having Hybrid versions of every vehicle. Plus Hyundai and Kia are offering very interesting designs.

  (417) posted on 12.2.2010

Hybrid Concept is green, Green color is looking so sexy .. I hope that this concept symbol to global warming and make a atmosphere green... it’s nice think by the hybrid.. I agree this concept..

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