Kia reveals new Forte at Detroit auto show

Kia reveals new Forte at Detroit auto show

Kia has just unveiled the all-new and much-improved 2019 Forte Sedan at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

"The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer", said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America.

Further, Kia says this CVT, which it has dubbed the "Intelligent Variable Transmission", or IVT, is created to solve some of the biggest complaints drivers have about the technology - namely, the "rubber band" feel when driving and the annoying, intrusive drone of the powertrain. "As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle".

Few brands have delivered more surprises - or grown as fast - as Kia in recent years. Among other things, its cowl point has been pushed back about five inches, which gives it a more athletic appearance.

The new-generation Cerato grows in length by 81mm to 4640mm, width has been increased by 17mm to 1798mm, and overall height rises by 13mm to 1440mm.

Inside the cabin the new Cerato ups the ante with redesigned seat frames, high-density foam, and improved lumbar support to aid long-distance comfort.

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte

The Nu engine also uses Atkinson-cycle and cooled exhaust-gas-recirculation technologies.

The big mechanical change is the transmission; the six-speed automatic has been replaced by a continuously variable transmission. There are also more soft touch points for a bit more of a refined feel.

Noting CVTs typically are slighted for their rubber-band feel, Kia says its engineers created an adaptive-style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of a push belt to create smoother and more linear acceleration, as well as a step-shift feel during wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is required. Efficiency, though, has improved: thanks to the new transmission and engine, the 2019 Forte is expected to return up to 35 MPG combined, about a 3 MPG improvement over the current vehicle.

Standard equipment will include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Wireless charging is also available as a tray perched up on the center stack, and is compatible with many Android phones and the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Also available is a 320-watt premium sound system developed with Harman Kardon.

Kia's suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) offered in numerous automaker's more expensive vehicles make their way down into the 2019 Forte, too.

Driver assist systems available on the new Cerato include Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and distance-keeping Smart Cruise Control. Kia says it will launch the 2019 Forte in LX, S, and EX trims initially, with more variants of the vehicle to come.



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