Design & Technology / Product
Features that enhance the Forte (Cerato) Koup experience! July 30th, 2009
By John Shim, Assistant Manager
Research & Development Planning Team
In my last post, I introduced the walk-in memory system that makes for easier entry and egress of rear seat passengers; along with the sport bucket seat contoured to the body for added comfort and support.
Well, the Forte Koup comes with some additional features that give it its upscale appeal as a class-leading coupe.
The Forte Koup comes equipped with a lighting speaker system for speakers that glow and pulsate to the music beat. The speakers change their brightness according to the music’s volume, tone and beat. This allows you to enjoy a concert-like atmosphere right inside your car.
This system was first introduced in Kia’s line-up with the Soul to rave reviews. We have now seen this technology advance and the lighting system for the Forte Koup is slightly different.
A ring-shaped light now surrounds the speaker grille. Contrary to the previous method which had lights installed within the speaker, the new system applies lights along the outside of the speaker. The change makes for a more visually striking and complementary lighting system.
The speakers enhance the aesthetic appeal of the Forte Koup with its red dashboard and door trim leather. Our young engineers came up with the idea of applying LED to the outside of the speaker grille for a more arresting impact. The creativity of our R&D team is always a source of inspiration at Kia.
There are four modes ? On, Music, Mood and Off. The functions of the On and Off modes are fairly obvious! In the Music mode, the LED changes in intensity according to the music genre and personality. As for Mood, the light dims and brightens repeatedly in two-second intervals. Each mode also has five adjustment levels for the brightness of the LED.
In addition to the speakers in Forte, the car also has the rear parking assistance system (RPAS) available. The RPAS alerts drivers to the exact location and direction of obstacles at the rear of the vehicle through graphics on the gauge cluster.
By showing the direction and proximity to obstacles in visual form in addition to its audio warning, drivers are better guided to safely and quickly park their vehicles. To prevent errors in the warning system, the RPAS comes equipped with four black sensors integrated in the casing. Even parallel parking is a cinch with this feature!
The sensors were also lowered from the bumper cover to the bumper center cover to blend in more seamlessly with the bumper design for a sleeker finish.
The third feature of the Koup is its frameless doors that give it an elegant, but sporty, appearance. They offer slim, dynamic window styling and a greater sense of openness than their framed counterparts.
The Koup’s frameless doors are a first among economical compact sporty coupes and offer a more premium and sporty image.
Despite their stylistic advantage, frameless doors come with their own set of challenges, mainly how to reduce wind noise when driving at high speeds and keeping out water during rainy weather.
Through numerous tests and improvements, the Forte Koup door design team managed to come up with the optimal specifications: 5mm (regular sedans use 3.5mm) glass thickness, a two-layer sealing structure all around the door to solve both problems of wind noise and water leaks.
So today we examined the Forte Koup’s lighting speaker system, rear parking assistance system and frameless doors. Curious about what we’ll cover in the next posting? I promise we won’t disappoint. Until then, take care!