Kia is going through a transformation, as its existing models continue to move upscale and new models like the Stinger press the brand even greater. However its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long overdue for a complete renovate. Kia finally satisfies this need 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, specifically in its headlights. Not only does it take on sharper appearances, but the new Forte is likewise larger than before. Its fastback-like style has actually allowed engineers to extend it by 3.2 inches in length, include 0.7 inches in width, and make it roughly a half inch taller. The larger body will lead to a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t enter specifics, but the automaker made it clear that there will be an increase in headroom and legroom. Its trunk will likewise grow to a class-leading 15.1 cubic feet.
2019 Kia Forte Interior
Assisting enhance the extra room will be the horizontal style in the cabin to boost its sensation of openness. Buyers will also find circular vents, loads of soft-touch materials, and a standard 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological developments will consist of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and offered 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 remain real in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the very same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will stay the very 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 enhancement. The basic transmission will stay a six-speed manual while its optional transmission will be a brand new continuously variable system.
The existing Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we anticipate this to remain the exact same in the new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel construction. Furthermore, Kia spreads out a lot of its sophisticated driver assistance features as alternatives on the Forte, consisting of blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, 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, however stay tuned for updates. We anticipate main rates to fall just a bit above the present Forte’s MSRP series of $18,795 to $24,795 (destination fees included). The cast of competition will consist of familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.