Kia has pulled the wraps off its 2014 Forte sedan model today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, unveiling its highly anticipated sedan that looks to be another winner in the Korean automaker’s lineup.
The new Forte gets a more “European” design and sits on an all-new chassis that is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor. As a result, the third-generation Forte sedan will feature more room, more performance, and more luxury amenities than ever before.
Offered with LX and EX variants, the Kia Forte sedan will come with either a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. The LX with the 1.8-liter comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission while a six-speed automatic is available as an option. The 2.0-liter equipped EX comes standard with a six-speed automatic.
The all-new Forte will be slotted between the Rio sub-compact and the Optima mid-size sedan and will hit American dealerships early next year. Those considering the Forte sedan when it arrives will be get unexpected premium features in both the LX and EX model.
The LX model will come standard with steering wheel-mounted controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, power windows, air conditioning, and power-heated outside mirrors. An optional Popular Package equips the Forte LX with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry with remote trunk release, sliding front armrest, and cruise control. The Eco Package features the Korean automaker’s Idle Stop & Go system, dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation, and a unique ‘eco’ badge.
As for the top-of-the-line EX, Kia’s next-generation UVO infotainment system takes center stage as standard. The new UVO can also be integrated with an optional navigation system. Also in the EX is the automaker’s new optional Flex Steer system which allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport profiles. A Premium Package will outfit the Forte with heated front and rear seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch wheels, push button start with Smart Key, and a heated steering wheel. The Technology Package includes HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation.
“The all-new Forte significantly raises the bar, offering upscale amenities and eye-catching appeal,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, Kia Motors America. “When you combine exclusive available features like a ventilated driver’s seat and UVO eServices in a car with such an attractive design, it’s very clear the all-new Forte sets a new standard for the compact segment.”