Kia is going through a revolution, as its existing models continue to move upscale and new models like the Stinger push the brand even greater. However its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long overdue for a complete redo. Kia finally fulfills this requirement with the completely revamped 2019 Forte sedan.
2019 Kia Forte Design
The 2019 Forte’s looks are all brand-new and plainly draw heavily from the brand-new Stinger, especially in its headlights. Not only does it take on sharper looks, however the new Forte is also larger than before. Its fastback-like design has allowed 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 get into specifics, but the automaker made it clear that there will be an increase 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 room will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to enhance its feeling of openness. Purchasers will likewise find circular vents, loads of soft-touch products, and a standard 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological improvements will consist of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and available cordless 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 real in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will remain 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 standard transmission will remain a six-speed handbook while its optional transmission will be an all-new constantly 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 building. Furthermore, Kia spreads a lot of its advanced motorist help features as choices on the Forte, consisting of blind-spot warning, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more.
2019 Kia Forte Pricing & Release Date
Kia has not yet revealed a release date for the 2019 Forte, however remain tuned for updates. We anticipate main rates to fall just a bit above the existing Forte’s MSRP range 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.