Kia is undergoing a transformation, as its existing models continue to move high end and new models like the Stinger press the brand even higher. However its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long past due for a complete redo. Kia finally fulfills this requirement with the completely redesigned 2019 Forte sedan.
2019 Kia Forte Design
The 2019 Forte’s appearances are all new and plainly draw greatly from the brand-new Stinger, especially in its headlights. Not just does it handle sharper looks, however the brand-new Forte is also bigger than before. Its fastback-like design has permitted engineers to stretch it by 3.2 inches in length, add 0.7 inches in width, and make it approximately a half inch taller. The larger body will result in a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t enter into specifics, but the automaker made it clear that there will be a boost in headroom and legroom. Its trunk will also grow to a class-leading 15.1 cubic feet.
2019 Kia Forte Interior
Helping improve the additional room will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to enhance its feeling of openness. Purchasers will likewise find circular vents, loads of soft-touch products, and a basic 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological improvements will include standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and readily available wireless charging, a 320-watt audio system, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Engine
Kia’s not one to shock powertrains too much, and this will remain real in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will remain the same at 147 horse power and 132 pound-feet of torque, however its combined fuel economy will leap to a Kia-estimated 35 miles per gallon– a 3 mpg enhancement. The standard transmission will stay a six-speed manual while its optional transmission will be an all-new continually variable system.
The existing Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to remain the very same in the brand-new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel construction. In addition, Kia spreads a number of its innovative chauffeur assistance features as choices on the Forte, consisting of blind-spot caution, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency situation braking, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Pricing & Release Date
Kia has not yet revealed a release date for the 2019 Forte, but remain tuned for updates. We anticipate main prices to fall just a bit above the existing Forte’s MSRP range of $18,795 to $24,795 (location fees included). The cast of competitors will consist of familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.