The Kia Forte is receiving a mid-cycle refresh this year, gaining a new engine and technology.
Adorning the same look and “tiger nose” grille featured on Optima, the 2017 Forte sedan is now powered by a 2.0-liter engine that replaces the previous 1.8-liter unit. Standard is will be a six-speed manual transmission with a second-generation six-speed automatic transmission optional. The EX trim is still equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic.
Also new for 2017 is what Kia calls a sporty S trim. It features an exclusive interior, a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip.
Ramping up the safety factor of the new Forte are options like autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitor and more. And like most new cars, the Forte can be had with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2017 Forte5 also receives the same overhaul this year and the SX can still be had with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine – now available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Forte Koup does not receive the refresh as of yet and both power ratings and fuel economy figures for the sedan and hatchback will be released closer to launch. The 2017 Forte also marks the launch of Kia’s second North American vehicle plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
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