We know Kia is doing big things from the head-turning 2018 Kia Stinger to their eco-friendly line up of cars like 2017 Kia Niro. Kia has had to claw it’s way to the top over the past decade. It had nothing to do with luck but all dedication and lots and lots of hard work. The Kia brand that you knew when you were a kid is a thing of the past. They were dead last in “Initial Quality” but now stands at the top of the leaderboard. That’s not all, earlier this week we saw Kia stand on stage at the North American Auto Show in Detroit for their nomination for 2018 North American Car of the Year and while they did not win, the honor to be up on that stage speaks volumes.
Who or What is Getting a Facelift?
That would be the all-new 2019 Kia Forte, my friends.
The Kia Forte compact had its best year ever in 2017, with nearly 118,000 units sold but in true Kia style, they knew they could do better. They are taking styling from its new sporty sister, the Stinger, and giving 2019 Kia Forte a sleeker, more coupe-like exterior. You’ll find chiseled lines and cleaner detailing giving it a more aggressive appearance overall. With its updated powertrain and an all-new CVT option, the 2019 Forte aims to be stylish and fuel efficient. Now we probably can’t expect it to haul like the Stinger, but for the projected price point (announcing closer to launch ate), we can’t expect it to.
A Kia Face Lift like You’ve Never Seen Before
Looks aren’t all that matters, so Kia designed the 2019 Kia Forte with a stronger body made of 54 percent advanced high-strength steel. It is expected to receive top crash test scores from the IIHS. The seat frames are stronger yet lighter, and according to Kia, the model’s new steering system should minimize the artificial feel and friction while the revised suspension improves handling. All in all, giving you a sense of driving a car that’s far more expensive than it actually is.
While Kia has not shared official photos of the Forte’s interior, if you follow the Twitter hashtag #KiaNAIAS, you can find all the updates, photos, and news about the Forte that you may not have read here. What do we know? Kia has said they will be giving more soft-touch material throughout. And with the expanded vehicle dimensions we can probably expect standard interior equipment including an 8-inch touchscreen that contains both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless phone charging is optional, as is a 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system.
The 2019 Kia Forte goes on sale later this year so keep your eyes and ears peeled for additional photos and the much-anticipated price point.