The new Kia Forte will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The Forte, also known as K3 and Cerato in South Korea and Australia respectively, is the US and Canadian market version of the model. Apart from the names, the three models do differ slightly from each other on exterior and interior trims, equipment packages and powertrains.
Sitting at 4,560 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, the new Forte is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model. Embracing the new design DNA, the aggressive front face of the vehicle features LED headlights to compliment the winged grille together with the enlarged openings for the fog lights on the lower section of the front bumper.
Much credit to Kia Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the interior looks lively with the black leather upholstery, trimmed with carbon fibre-look trims on the dashboard. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is rich with buttons such as the dial buttons, audio system and park assist controls. It also comes with a heating function. On the centre console is the TFT multi-touch display.
While the Korean K3 gets a 1.6-litre engine with 138 hp and and 167 Nm of torque, there has been no news on which powertrain the North America-bound Forte will get. Although there are rumours saying that the US Forte will get the new 1.8-litre ‘Nu’ engine with the capability of churning out 148 hp.
New to the model is the UVO (short for ‘Your Voice’) function, which lets the driver control the vehicle’s media and infotainment system via smartphone. Developed together with Microsoft, UVO comes together with a 4.3-inch multi-touch display located on the centre comsole and with a reverse camera as an added feature.