The 2019 Kia Forte sedan come with a smoother exterior and more coupelike at the 2018 Detroit show. Kia says her compact sedan takes Stinger’s design bearings to make it look more aggressive. With its updated powertrain, the 2019 Forte aims to be stylish and fuel efficient.
The new look of the Forte is an attractive upgrade, with more chiseled lines and cleaner details than before. Kia’s tiger grille is clearly visible at the front, while the taillights feature a full-width LED accent light that is reminiscent of the Sportage crossover’s rear styling. The car is 3.2 inches longer, 0.5 inches taller and 0.7 inches wider than the previous one, which increases rear legroom and makes a trunk a little more large (15.1 vs. 14.9 cubic feet).
The new interior has a simplified horizontal dashboard layout featuring an 8.0 inch tablet style touch screen in the center. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and a wireless phone charging pad is optional. Available active safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning.
The new Forte sports a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that uses the Atkinson cycle science to get 35 mi / gal, says Kia. The Forte still makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, and comes standard with a six-speed manual with the option for a CVT that Kia calls an IVT.
Kia will release details on the prices and equipment of the 2019 Forte closer to its launch later this year. Information on the Forte5 hatchback and a possible turbocharged upgrade engine, which may give up the current SX nickname, should come as well.