Seoul, South Korea – Kia Motors has unveiled a hybrid electric Forte sedan with a liquid petroleum injection (LPI) engine for sale in the Korean market.
The Forte LPI Hybrid will be sold alongside the gasoline-powered four-door sedan and Koup models. The company invested approximately US$180 million over 25 months to develop the new model.
The Forte LPI Hybrid uses a 1.6-litre LPI engine with independently-developed continuously variable transmission (CVT) and hybrid system, comprising an electric motor, inverter, converter, and 180V lithium ion polymer battery.
Kia said that while it has not finalized any plans to sell the hybrid in overseas markets, it is conducting feasibility studies to assess consumer interest and potential demand in markets that possess liquid petroleum refuelling infrastructure.