Kia Reveals All-New 2019 Forte At The Detroit Auto Show

2019 Kia Forte pairs Stinger style with 35 mpg

The 2019 Forte has also grown with its length increasing 3.2-inches to 182.7 inches, which adds more legroom and more space in the trunk.

The Forte will continue to be offered in three trim levels - LX, S and EX - "with the model line continuing to expand throughout its life cycle", Kia says, hinting at additional body styles or powertrains. Design cues cribbed from the Stinger are evidenced in the front bumper, while the rear end's stumpy deck lid appears nearly Audi A3-ish and its tail-lamp LED graphics look like heavily inspired by Jaguar.

The 2019 Forte is 3.2 inches longer, which means more rear leg room and extra space in the trunk.

"(Kia's) designers translated elements of the Stinger's design language onto the compact to give it a commanding road presence", the automaker says, noting the Forte's long hood and short deck bring to mind the fastback appearance of the Stinger.

The third-generation Forte's design is inspired by Kia's Stinger sport-luxury sedan, a 2018 North American Car of the Year finalist, 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines victor and the recipient of positive feedback for the automaker. Kia also increased the height by half an inch to 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), while the width is expanded to 70.8 inches (1,798 mm). It can be couple to either a standard six-speed manual or Kia's first CVT, dubbed Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

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Other mechanical changes include reworked suspension geometry for sharper steering response, while the electrically assisted steering has been retuned to dial out the artificial feel of the current model.

Under the hood is a carryover 2.0-liter I-4 running on the Atkinson cycle and is estimated to make 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. The automaker worked to ensure its first gearless transmission didn't have a rubber band feel, which resulted in the addition of a "shifting" logic to make it feel like a conventional automatic.

The Intelligent Variable Transmission builds on a typical CVT, by trying to address numerous reasons why drivers hate them. Available premium audio is a 320-watt Harman Kardon system.

The new 2019 Kia Forte is created to be more sophisticated and more refined than its forebears, with new styling, more upscale amenities and improved comfort.

The Forte, Kia's best-selling vehicle, boasts a more sophisticated interior due to lush materials and design; a more athletic exterior due to an "aggressive black lower valance" and redesigned tiger nose grille; and impressive infotainment technology due to the standard eight-inch color touchscreen that seamlessly connects you to your favorite apps via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®.

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