2017 Forte Sedan

Kia Motors America has revealed its updated Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback at the Detroit Auto Show. The cars have been treated to subtle exterior updates similar to what we’ve seen in the Korean-spec Kia Cerato, but also gain a few powertrain and tech upgrades to match.

The US-spec Forte gains a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder multi-point injection (MPI) petrol engine that replaces the previous 1.8 litre unit. Performance figures for the new engine and the other new powertrain combos haven’t been revealed yet, but they are said to be more fuel efficient that before.

The new mill features in all variants except for the top-spec EX sedan and Forte5, both of which continue to use a 2.0 litre GDI engine. The five-door Forte5 also maintains its option of a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol.

A six-speed manual transmission is available for all variants, while Kia has also introduced a new six-speed torque converter automatic transmission as well. The Forte5 hatch has now been updated to offer a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

Both the sedan and hatch models have been treated to a new look inspired by the Kia Optima K5. The Forte sedan will offer customer a choice of two designs, with one plainly being a little sportier than the other. One of these looks can be seen on the Forte5 hatch.

The Forte5 hatch has been similarly tweaked in the style department, getting a new front bumper and tiger nose grille that has been extended to connect with the new headlights. Both body style variants get updated tail lights as well.

A new S trim line has been added to the Forte sedan, giving the model a sportier look and feel. The Forte S adds a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. The Forte EX remains as the top-spec model in the Forte sedan’s range, and features LED tail lights, a Smart Key system, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Dynamic Bending Light headlamps.

The sedan and hatch also gain Kia’s new UVO telematics infotainment system, equipped with a seven-inch display touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The Forte sedan gets a long list of new safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. The Forte5 on the other hand will receive Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist.

Kia Motors America says that further details for both models will only be revealed at a later point, closer to the models’ market launch some time in the first quarter of 2016.