Kia is undergoing a revolution, 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 overdue for a complete renovate. Kia finally fulfills this need with the completely revamped 2019 Forte sedan.
2019 Kia Forte Design
The 2019 Forte’s appearances are all new and clearly draw greatly from the new Stinger, particularly in its headlights. Not just does it take on sharper appearances, however the new Forte is also bigger than in the past. Its fastback-like design has actually allowed engineers to stretch it by 3.2 inches in length, add 0.7 inches in width, and make it roughly a half inch taller. The bigger body will lead to a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t enter specifics, however 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 enhance the extra space will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to improve its sensation of openness. Purchasers will also find circular vents, loads of soft-touch materials, and a basic 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological developments will consist of basic Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and readily available cordless charging, a 320-watt audio system, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Engine
Kia’s not one to shock powertrains excessive, and this will stay real in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will stay the very 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 basic transmission will remain a six-speed handbook while its optional transmission will be a brand new continuously variable unit.
The existing Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to stay the exact same in the new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel building. In addition, Kia spreads out a number of its innovative driver support features as options on the Forte, consisting of blind-spot warning, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Pricing & Release Date
Kia has not yet announced a release date for the 2019 Forte, but stay tuned for updates. We expect main rates to fall simply a bit above the present Forte’s MSRP variety of $18,795 to $24,795 (location charges included). The cast of competition will include familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.