Kia is going through a transformation, as its existing models continue to move upscale and brand-new models like the Stinger press the brand even greater. However its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long past due for a complete redo. Kia finally satisfies this requirement with the completely revamped 2019 Forte sedan.
2019 Kia Forte Design
The 2019 Forte’s appearances are all new and clearly draw heavily from the new Stinger, especially in its headlights. Not just does it handle sharper looks, but the brand-new Forte is likewise bigger than previously. Its fastback-like design has allowed engineers to extend it by 3.2 inches in length, include 0.7 inches in width, and make it approximately a half inch taller. The larger body will lead to a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t enter into 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 improve the additional space will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to boost its sensation of openness. Purchasers will also find circular vents, loads of soft-touch materials, and a basic 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological advancements will consist of basic 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 shake up powertrains too much, and this will stay true in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will stay the same at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, however its combined fuel economy will leap to a Kia-estimated 35 miles per gallon– a 3 mpg improvement. The basic transmission will remain a six-speed manual while its optional transmission will be an all-new continually variable system.
The current Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to stay the very same in the brand-new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel construction. Additionally, Kia spreads out much of its advanced chauffeur help features as options on the Forte, consisting of blind-spot caution, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Pricing & Release Date
Kia has not yet revealed a release date for the 2019 Forte, but stay tuned for updates. We anticipate main pricing to fall simply a bit above the present Forte’s MSRP variety of $18,795 to $24,795 (destination costs included). The cast of competition will consist of familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.