The all-new third-gen 2019 Kia Forte made its debut at the NAIAS. The compact sedan evolves into a sporty sleek exterior, a host of smart tech amenities including Advanced Driver Assistance in the cabin and in-house-built Intelligence Variable Transmission, to boost fuel economy. The new Forte is scheduled to go on sale in 2018.
A more refined exterior design has been inspired by Kia Stinger sedan; as a result, the 2019 Kia Forte is getting a more pronounced muscular look with a Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, a long hood, similar to fastback, and a lower valance. Streamlining to a short rear deck, a sloping roofline reinforces the perception of Forte’s sportiness. The chassis and suspension has also been retuned, to achieve more dynamic handling.
The powertrain, though, has little in common with the sporty philosophy and still remains the ‘old gold’– the Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that benefits from cooled EGR system and Atkinson Cycle technology. The new powertrain is teamed with a six-speed manual or IVT transmission to make 132 lb-ft of torque and 147 horses in total giving simultaneously an estimated 35mpg combined fuel economy.
As for the cabin, its design was largely brought over from the Stinger too, with its long dashboard, overall horizontal theme and generous cargo room. An 8-inch color infotainment system with intuitive interface and minimalistic buttons comes as standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Well, give you a like this sedan or dislike?