Kia is going through a revolution, as its existing models continue to move high end and new models like the Stinger press the brand even higher. But its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long overdue for a total redo. Kia lastly fulfills this requirement with the completely redesigned 2019 Forte sedan.
2019 Kia Forte Design
The 2019 Forte’s appearances are all new and plainly draw heavily from the new Stinger, specifically in its headlights. Not just does it handle sharper looks, but the new Forte is likewise bigger than previously. Its fastback-like style has permitted engineers to extend 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 into specifics, but the car manufacturer 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
Helping improve the extra space will be the horizontal style in the cabin to improve its feeling of openness. Buyers will likewise find circular vents, loads of soft-touch products, 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 excessive, 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 remain the exact same at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, but 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 handbook while its optional transmission will be an all-new continually variable unit.
The existing Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we anticipate this to remain the same in the brand-new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel construction. Additionally, Kia spreads much of its sophisticated driver help features as options on the Forte, including blind-spot warning, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Pricing & Release Date
Kia has not yet announced a release date for the 2019 Forte, however remain tuned for updates. We expect official prices to fall just a bit above the existing Forte’s MSRP series of $18,795 to $24,795 (destination costs included). The cast of competitors will consist of familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.