The 2019 Kia Forte may not be as great as its bigger brother, the Stinger, in term of performance. However, the third generation sedan gets some of the Stinger’s design elements, like the more aggressive lower fascia as well as the new set of sweptback headlights. It looks more coupe-like now because of the flowing roof as well as the shorter rear.
Apart from the new style, the Forte has also been made more efficient. The automaker equips it with the so called Intelligent Variable Transmission, which is the company’s CVT gearbox that was developed in house. It also has a six speed manual as an option. This is paired to a 2.0 liter four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson Cycle, helping it produce as much as 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque.
There are no exact figures for now, but Kia claims that this engine with the CVT can get 35 miles per gallon combined fuel economy, that gives it 3 miles per gallon more than the Forte with a six-speed automatic.
Forte is not all about looks too as future owners of the model will benefit from more sophisticated technology too. Inside, you will find an eight-inch infotainment system that comes standard in the Forte.
The system will also be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that is found on top of the center stack. The driver assistance suite will also be available as an option, which includes blind spot warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, as well as forward collision avoidance assist. LED headlights will be available too.
Moving forward, the 2019 Kia Forte will be slightly larger than its predecessor and it is now 182.7 inches (4,641 mm) in size, after the 3.2-inch (81 mm) increase. This gives the passengers extra space as well as more legroom, and even the trunk now has more space for your luggage.
The Forte’s platform had also been revised and is now made of 54 percent Advanced High Strength Steel, making it 16 percent stiffer than it originally was. When it comes to crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Kia is confident that the upcoming Forte will score top marks.
Kia plans to release the Forte in three different trims, including the LX, S, and EX. This will then be followed by a few other grades according to the company. Despite that, the automaker had not mentioned anything about the Forte’s price as well as its release date.