About Kia Forte
Known as the K3 in South Korea, the Kia Forte is available as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and five-door hatchback. It is not sold in Europe. But the similarly sized Kia Ceed is available there. It is the successor to the first-generation Cerato or second-generation Spectra, with some interior and chassis changes. The car has a wider and longer body. It has a longer wheelbase and broader dimensions. At the same time, the ground clearance has been reduced by one centimeter. It means that the height has been reduced by one centimeter. At the same time, the rear suspension has been simplified. A three-speed semi-autonomous dual gearbox has replaced the independent multi-speed gearbox. The flexible propeller makes it more reliable and easier to repair and maintain. The two-door Forte Koup Coupé was originally unveiled as a concept car at the New York International Auto Show. The concept model uses a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, twin-scroll Theta II engine. In Australia, Costa Rica, Russia, and South Africa, the Koup is sold under the Kia Cerato Koup brand.
In the U.S., 2010 LX and EX models were offered with a standard 2.0-liter CVVT engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The 2011 Forte features a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. Four- and five-speed automatics are no longer available. The SX model had alloy wheels and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Models launched after this date had soft-touch panels on the door handles, doors, and instrument panels. In 2011, EX and SX cars were equipped with automatic transmission only. The base car and all models continue to have the option of manual or automatic transmission. An optional leather package is available on Koup EX and SX models. The EX version features leather upholstery, a steering wheel, and a shifter. The package also includes heated front seats and a sunroof. In combination with the SX trim, only the heated leather seats and sunroof are included. The leather steering wheel and gearshift lever are now standard.
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The second-generation Kia Forte comes standard with LED headlights and taillights and an improved driver-centric cabin. It is offered with the new Nu engine to reduce fuel consumption. The car was first introduced to the public outside South Korea on October 3, 2012, at the Santiago Auto Show. The 2017 Kia Forte was updated with redesigned headlights, grille, and bumpers. The second-generation Kia Forte was available in four base models in the U.S.: LX, S, EX, and SX. The LX model was an entry-level car with all standard equipment. The S model has been available since 2017 and offers additional features compared to the base LX model.
Kia launched the third-generation Kia Forte on January 15, 2018. The new sedan features a fastback profile and short rear doors inspired by the Kia Stinger. The cabin is made of 54% more steel, making it more robust than the outgoing model. The Forte is offered with a second-generation I4 engine. The Kia Forte is available in four versions: the FE and LXS models, mid-size S models, and top-of-the-line EX models. It went on sale in fall 2018 for the 2019 model year. The high-end version of the Kia Forte hatchback was not available in the United States. Production ended in 2018, and it was only available as a sedan. However, the Forte will be available in Canada until 2020.