Last month Kia launched the 2017 Kia Forte Sedan and its sister
Kia Forte5 Hatchback at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, a month
later, the automaker is set to yet again showcase the new
vehicles at the upcoming Chicago Auto show which runs from
February 13th to 21st.
The Sedan has been upgraded with a tangible appeal that will
make it more competitive against other competitors in the
segment. The 2017 Kia Forte sedan will be the first model to be
built on Kia’s new state-of-the-art plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
The new model will be offered in three trim levels. A sporty S
trim has been added to the lineup. It will sit between the
entry level LX and the top EX trim.
2017 Kia Forte Exterior
The new sedan has a sleek looking exterior which is inspired by
its sister the 2016 Kia Optima. Just like its hatch sister, the
Forte sedan will feature a tiger nose grille which has been
stretched to touch it headlight edges. The LED headlights
flanking it in turn stretch to touch the front fenders.
The result of these modifications is a more fluid front
appearance. The new appearance unites the Forte and Optima in
terms of design language. At the back, the vehicle features
redesigned taillights which feature LED lighting as optional
for LX and S trims but LED is standard on the EX trim.
The new S trim features a sport-tuned suspension, LED DRLs, a
rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. The LX and S trims ride
on 16-inch alloy wheels while the EX rides on 17-inch alloy
wheels. The EX also adds perimeter approach lighting and front
door pocket lighting.
2017 Kia Forte Interior
The LX and S trim levels will feature upgraded cloth upholstery
on the seats. The S trim will feature exclusive black cloth
with a white contrast stitching on the seats. The S trim’s
shift knob and steering wheel will be wrapped in leather.
The top EX trim cabin is the most luxurious with leather seats,
heated front seats with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat
which also features 2-position memory setting, push-button
ignition with Smart key, a dual-zone climate control system and
Both the S and EX trims will feature as standard a 7.0-inch
color touch-screen UVO3 telematics infotainment system. The
system integrates Smartphone functionality via Apple CarPlay TM
and Android Auto. These platforms give the driver a more
convenient access to music streaming, sending text messages and
using the navigation system.
The vehicle also comes standard with a Driver Mode Select which
allows the driver to change driving experience. The three
driving modes are Normal Eco and Sport.
For safety, the Forte features a bolstered package of airbags,
traction and stability control as well as a host of driving
aids such as front collision warning, ABS, lane keep assist,
lane change warning, blind spot detection and rear-cross
Under the hood, Kia has introduced a new engine to the sedan.
The engine is a 2.0 L Atkinson’s cycle inline-4 that replaces
the 1.8 L engine on the outgoing models. This will be the base
engine on the LX and S trims. This engine will be paired with
either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic
There are no details about its output as of this writing;
however, we expect the new engine to have a better output. The
EX trim will still feature the 2.0 L GDI, 4-cylinder engine
which will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
We believe this engine will still produce 173 hp and 154 lb-ft
of torque as in the outgoing model.
Acceleration, top speed and fuel economy specs are not yet out.
Probably, the automaker will give updates on these specs during
the Chicago Auto Show. Therefore make sure to check back for
more updates on the new Kia Forte.
Price and release date
During the debut at Detroit, the automaker remained mum about
the Forte’s official prices and release date. We understand
that production starts in the first half of this year so expect
sales to commence in the second half.
As for the price, we don’t expect it to change significantly
from the current model prices. The current LX manual starts
MSRP at $ 15,990 while the top EX trim has a $ 19,990 price