Kia is going through a revolution, as its existing models continue to move high end and brand-new models like the Stinger push the brand even greater. But its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long past due for a total redo. Kia finally satisfies this need with the fully upgraded 2019 Forte sedan.
The 2019 Forte’s appearances are all new and plainly draw heavily from the new Stinger, specifically in its headlights. Not only does it take on sharper looks, however the new Forte is likewise bigger than in the past. Its fastback-like design has actually permitted engineers to extend it by 3.2 inches in length, add 0.7 inches in width, and make it approximately a half inch taller. The bigger body will result in a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t get into specifics, however 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.
Helping improve the extra room will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to enhance its sensation of openness. Buyers will also discover circular vents, loads of soft-touch products, and a basic 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological improvements will include standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and readily available wireless charging, a 320-watt audio system, and more.
Kia’s not one to shock powertrains excessive, and this will stay real in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the exact 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, but its combined fuel economy will jump 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 system.
The present Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to remain the same in the brand-new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel building. In addition, Kia spreads a lot of its innovative chauffeur support features as choices on the Forte, including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more.
Kia has not yet revealed a release date for the 2019 Forte, but remain tuned for updates. We anticipate official rates to fall simply a bit above the current Forte’s MSRP range of $18,795 to $24,795 (location charges included). The cast of competition will consist of familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.