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by George Skentzos

Kia has released the first official images of its 2009 Forte sedan, based on the striking Kia Koup concept revealed earlier this year.

The new Forte will act as a replacement for the aging Cerato, and certainly looks the part of an executive sedan.

2009 Kia Forte first details

Currently a brand new 1.6-litre petrol engine along with a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine have been confirmed for the range, although a flagship performance model has not yet been ruled out.

2009 Kia Forte first details

The Koup concept from which it is derived featured a 216kW turbocharged 2.0-litre engine which could potentially find its way into a production model – especially with a two-door coupe model confirmed for some overseas markets.

2009 Kia Forte first details

The new Forte is the work of acclaimed designer Peter Schreyer, the same mind behind the first-generation Audi TT and new Volkswagen Beetle.