All-New 2019 Kia Forte is Coming!

All-New 2019 Kia Forte is Coming!

All-New 2019 Kia Forte is Coming!

At a time when sedans and hatches have to fight harder than ever to keep crossovers from capturing all the buyers, Kia is a brand that certainly isn’t giving up on the format. Having already wowed the auto market with the stunning new Stinger GT, the South Korean automaker has now turned its attention to the smaller and more affordable Forte, which is getting redesigned for the 2019 model year. So, here’s what to expect from the new 2019 Kia Forte when it arrives.

How It Will Look

The Forte was already a pretty good-looking car, but the recently unveiled 2019 model is even more appealing. The company’s signature tiger-nose grille is now prominent, and at the back the taillights have a full-length LED accent light like the Sportage. Overall, this new model is a little longer, wider, and taller now, which means more rear leg room and a slightly bigger trunk.

The look is now sportier, largely thanks to a coupe-like roof that has more than a hint of Stinger about it, and it’s easy to see that model’s influence elsewhere in the new design. In fact, the rear of the sedan version of the new Forte is so nicely shaped and sleek it looks like a halfway point between a coupe and a hatch.

The Inside Story

Although the current Forte has a pretty unique dashboard, it wasn’t as attractive and well designed as it could be. That’s been completely addressed in the new model with a wider center stack that’s now more ergonomic, along with a bigger, eight-inch display, a sportier steering wheel, futuristic air vents, and a cleaner overall design. The quality and style of the cabin is as good as you can expect.

Under the Hood

The only engine we know of so far is a mildly updated version of the company’s 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four. In this version, it’s going to be rated at 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft.. The 2019 Kia Forte will also offer a six-speed manual option and an IVT, which stands for Intelligent Variable Transmission. This in-house designed unit promises will eliminate the less desirable issues traditionally associated with regular CVT transmissions. The automaker claims the adaptive style shift logic and chain-type belt (instead of the usual push belt arrangement) allows the IVT to eliminate the annoying rubber-band-like feel many drivers don’t like about most CVTs.

Features and Equipment

Smartphone addicts will be delighted to know that Kia is including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the new Forte’s standard equipment at all levels, which matches the tablet-style eight-inch touchscreen now in the center of the dash. A wireless charging pad is also on the way as an optional upgrade. Safety features will also be a big part of the 2018 Kia Forte’s tech armory, which will include the likes of adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning.