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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2017, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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First gen OEM Grilles

This isn't really a Noobie Question but it didn't seem to fit anywhere else so I'm putting it here.

I've come to notice that Kia has (at least) 3 different factory grilles for the Forte:

First is the most obvious unique one: the Koup grille. This has a "squished honeycomb" look to it and was used for all 2010 thru 2013 first gen Koups (EX and SX). And because of the different front facsia, the lower grille will not interchange with the sedan and hatchback front fascia. So if you want to use the Koup grille on a sedan or hatchback, the upper and lower grills will not match unless you change the entire front facsia/bumper (fenders and headlight too I believe).




The second is probably the most common: the 2011-2013 sedan and hatchback grille. This is what I call the "computer circuit board" pattern grille used on all 2011 thru 2013 first gen sedans (LX, EX and SX).




Last is the most rare: the 2010 grille. This is a diamond pattern that appears recessed like the Koup grille and seems to be used on all 2010 first gen sedans (LX, EX and SX).




Are there any other factory grille designs I'm missing for the first gens?

I think I prefer the look of the 2010 grille best. However, changing the grille on my 2011 means getting not only the upper grille but the lower center grille as well as the 2 outer, lower grilles by the fog lights.
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I've also come to notice quite a few differences between the 2010 model and the 2011-2013 models. Like the repeater signals on the side mirrors going from incandescent bulbs in 2010 to LEDs for 2011-2013:



And the shifter and surround changed between 2010 and 2011-2103:




What are some other changes made to the Forte after the first year?

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Transmission went from a 5 speed to a 6 speed in both the AT and MT. SX wheels on the 2010 models look far better than the 2011 and 2012, but the 2011 and 2012 look better than the 2013. Other than that I can't think of anything else.

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Transmission went from a 5 speed to a 6 speed in both the AT and MT.
I was not aware of that. Thank you.

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SX wheels on the 2010 models look far better than the 2011 and 2012, but the 2011 and 2012 look better than the 2013.
I think I start a new thread on wheels since this one was about the factory grilles. Go here for the wheel talk: First Gen OEM Wheels

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My 2011 Koup came with wheel #2
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