Kia Forte Hybrid concept with LPG engine at SEMA show


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Kia is introducing a green Forte Hybrid concept to the market. Not only the Forte Hybrid car is lean on fuel but it also provide a sporty look that separated itself from other mundane hybrid cars.

The Kia Forte Hybrid concept is based the Forte LPI Hybrid that is currently avaialbe in South Korea. It is equipped with a 1.6-liter engine mated to an electric motor with 15kW and 105Nm and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The engine itself is run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) instead of conventional gasoline. LPG is synthesised by refining petroleum or “wet” natural gas, and is usually derived from fossil fuel sources. LPG is a low-carbon-emitting hydrocarbon fuel with emissions less carbon per joule than butane but more carbon per joule than propane. This makes the Kia Forte Hybrid concept a very fuel efficient and clean machine.

The Kia Forte Hybrid concept is now displayed at the SEMA, which is customized by Kinetic Motorsports. Beside the hybrid engine modification, the green Kia Forte Hybrid car includes an aero kit, new alloy wheels and a lowered suspension. This is a hint of what the Kia Forte Hybrid production will be like. According to Kia, the green Forte Hybrid concept “demonstrates styling options for those looking for an alternative to a mundane hybrid ride.”

As for the interior, the green Kia Forte Hybrid concept received a two-tone black and green leather upholstery with matching door panels and decorative trim. In addition, Kinetic Motorsports added a 1200-watt Infinity audio system to let it thumps its way through the SEMA show.