Kia Forte reveals its Stinger-inspired design at 2018 Detroit auto show


Kia is expected to continue with the entry-level S grade, but replace Si with Sport and SLi with Sport Plus. The 2019 Forte will also offer a suite of active safety features such as blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

"(Kia's) designers translated elements of the Stinger's design language onto the compact to give it a commanding road presence", the automaker says, noting the Forte's long hood and short deck bring to mind the fastback appearance of the Stinger. The exterior of the Forte looks pretty good with the company's Kia's signature tiger nose grille that is shared with the Stinger. Design cues cribbed from the Stinger are evidenced in the front bumper, while the rear end's stumpy deck lid appears nearly Audi A3-ish and its tail-lamp LED graphics look like heavily inspired by Jaguar. The Forte is also half an inch taller and its width has increased to 70.8-inches.

U.S. customers will also revieve an efficiency-enhanced Atkinson-cycle version of the existing Forte's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while the version of the new Cerato slated for Australian showrooms from mid-2018 will differ slightly from its American counterpart by retaining the current Cerato's 2.0-litre MPI engine and six-speed torque converter automatic. The clean design adds to a feeling of space in the cabin, and materials upgrades include more soft surfaces at key touch points.

For reasons that are not immediately apparent, Kia calls its new continuously variable transmission IVT, with the "I" standing for "intelligent". Additional features include full LED headlights, a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, and a wireless phone charger.

Kia's projected 35 mpg rating would be a 3.0 mpg jump from the smaller 2018 Forte.

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The Intelligent Variable Transmission builds on a typical CVT, by trying to address numerous reasons why drivers hate them.

The Korean automaker revealed the larger and more fuel-efficient 2019 Kia Forte with design inspiration from the company's slickly designed Stinger vehicle, which popped onto the scene a year ago. It comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The body structure benefits from a 16 percent increase in rigidity thanks to the use of Advanced High Strength Steel throughout 54 percent of the vehicle, with flow-on benefits to noise and vibration reduction, plus changes made to handling responsiveness.

A backup camera is standard for the 2019 Forte; a package of driver assistance and safety is available at extra cost.