In addition to the new 2017 Forte Sedan, the Forte5 also made an appearance at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Both the Forte and Forte5 have picked up some cues from the 2017MY of the best-selling Optima. The Forte5’s 2017 model year version will now carry a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. No pricing has been announced during the car show yet, but should be available before the end of the first six months of 2016.
The design language found in the new 2016 Optima also makes an appearance in the Forte5, much as they did with the Forte. This includes the “tiger nose” grille, together with revamped visuals for the front headlights.
To complement the headlights, Kia also added newly designed rear lights to the visual theme for the new model of the Forte5. LED daytime running lights and taillights are also standard features in the new Forte5 as well.
About the only design element carried over from previous versions is the hatchback appearance, inspired by European vehicles of the same class. The Forte5 is offered in three trim options – LX, EX and SX. The LX, which is the entry-level trim, now offers project beam headlights as well as a technology for detecting hazards in one’s Blind Spots when driving. This makes it very safe for Forte5 drivers to change lanes, as it also comes with alerts for Rear-Cross Traffic.
Other features in the LX trim include remote keyless entry with trunk opening capabilities. These features are optional across all trims of the Forte 5. On the other hand, the EX trim now has features that have been previously optional as standards.
These include UVO eServices, seats upholstered in leather, LED bulbs in the taillights and Smart Key push button startups, among others. The Forte5’s infotainment system, like the Forte’s, comes with a 7-inch color touchscreen as an interface.
Through this touchscreen, smartphone and mobile devices can be integrated into the infotainment system, and can be used to send SMS, browse for music, and find traffic and driving information. All of these features are standard with the SX trim option, alongside 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust tip finishers.
The SX trim also receives a new Orange Color Pack, which adds orange inserts to the leather seats as well as to the shifter. The new SX Trim also comes with red-accented front and rear fascias as well.
SX trim is also the only one in the range to feature an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine. Standard option for engines is the 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or second-generation six-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Kia Forte5 SX with 1.6-liter engine can also be paired with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.