Kia plans a new sportier Forte
Kia has many sporty cars in its line-up, including the Stinger GT. In January, Kia offered a sneak peek of the redesigned Forte at the Detroit auto show. The plan is to keep its youthful, sporty look. However, the latest Forte will also take hints from the new Stinger aiming for some sophistication in the design as well.
“Creases in the hood lend to the Forte’s muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front fascia, including a fresh approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive lower valance enhance its road presence,” Kia says. The interior has a “horizontal theme” that gives a look of openness. With minimal buttons, it makes driving and operating the new Forte a breeze. The circular vents in the dash are similar to the ones found in the Stinger. It also offers one of the roomiest interiors in its class allowing seating for up to 5 passengers.
Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque, which is powerful than the Toyota Corolla or even the 2010 Mazda3.
There are two transmission options available for the car: a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically -controlled 4-speed automatic transition.
Along with all these features and power, the new Forte offers a class-leading level of standard safety equipment, which includes features, such as active front headrests, two stage airbags, front seat-mounted and side airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock system, electronic stability control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Kia Motors America is the sales, marketing, and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.