Next-gen Kia Forte 2019 revealed in 2018 NAIAS

Updated Sep 16, 2021 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

The all-new Kia Forte 2019 is promised to feature a handful of improvements.

Recently, the third-generation Kia Forte 2019 has made its global debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The all-new sedan is said to feature a handful of improvements inside and out. (For more updated info of Specs, Reviews and Price List of the model, please visit our Kia Forte model landing page)

Kia Forte 2019 angular rear

The all-new Forte 2019 is said to feature a handful of improvements

In detail, the Forte 2019 is designed with a long hood and short deck, creating an impressive fastback-like shape for the car. In addition, the automaker has moved the cowl point 5 inch backwards in order to further highlight the sporty appearance of the C-segment sedan.

Other noticeable refinements up front include Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, muscular black lower valance, Stinger-style headlights, four-point LED daytime running lights and bumper-mounted turn signal indicators. There is also a trim piece at the rear connecting the tail lamps.

Kia reveals new 2019 Forte at North American International Auto Show

The overall dimension of the all-new Kia Forte is also extended, resulting to the increase in cabin space, especially for leg- and head-room. In particular, for the 2019 model year, the sedan measures 4,640 mm x 1,440 mm x 1,798 mm (L x H x D). Dominating the interior is the horizontal theme with clean lines and minimal buttons positioned below the 8-inch touchscreen.

Kia Forte 2019 side view

The cabin space in increased thanks to the extended overall dimension

Aimed to get the highest ratings from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the new Forte comes loaded with full LED head lamps and a number of enhanced safety features such as 54% advanced high-strength steel content and additional hot-stamped components.

At the heart of the Forte 2019 is a 2nd-gen 2.0L Nu engine which is said to be able to produce 147 hp and 180 Nm, mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). When it comes to fuel efficiency, the next-gen sedan is claimed to run 14.9 km/L, meaning an average of 35 mpg in mixed traffic conditions, which is an improvement of 1.3km/L compared to the outgoing model.

Kia Forte 2019 front fascia

Present at the front fascia is Kia’s signature tiger nose grille

Speaking of its accessories, the 3rd-gen Forte comes offered with:

  • 8-inch colour touchscreen;
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard;
  • Wireless charging tray;
  • 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system;
  • SMS text reading using Bluetooth (available at select smartphones).

Some advanced driver assistance technologies worth mentioning are Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control.

When the Korean carmaker says they will offer the Forte with “more sophisticated design”, “class above interior” and “higher level of comfort”, they really mean it. So, what do you make of this all-new Forte?

The Kia Forte currently on sale in the Philippines is priced at P965,000.

Here are some pictures of the new Kia Forte 2019 from the said event in Detroit:

Kia Forte 2019 engine bay

Kia Forte 2019 front seats

Kia Forte 2019 dashboard

Kia Forte 2019 rear seats

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Know more about Kia Forte 2023

Kia Forte

The 2023 Kia Forte Philippines is a four-door compact sedan that comes in a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. In South Korea, it is known as the K3, and the current version sold in the Philippines is the third-generation model that was initially released in 2018. 

Under the hood, the Philippine-spec Forte uses a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, as well as a turbocharged version of the same engine. For the non-turbo version, it can make up to 126 horsepower and 155 Nm of torque. It then uses a six-speed automatic gearbox. 

The turbocharged variant meanwhile, can produce up to 201 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters. 

Size-wise, the forte is 4,640mm long, 1,800mm wide, and 1,450mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 150mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,700mm. 

Available variants for the Forte in the Philippine market include the Forte LX priced at Php 1,095,000, the Forte EX priced at Php 1,195,000, and the Forte GT Turbo priced at Php 1,650,000. 

In the Philippine market, the Kia Forte competes agaisnt the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Mazda3, Honda Civic, among others. 

₱ 1,095,000 - ₱ 1,650,000