Ahead of the global debut of the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sedan at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Kia Motors revealed design renderings of the compact sedan, which current version is built at its Mexican facility located in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon.
The third-generation Forte retains its sporty image, thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. What is most noticeable is that the Forte has evolved from a cab-forward design to one that is decidedly swept-back.
Creases in the hood lend to the Forte’s muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front fascia, including a fresh approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive lower valance enhance its road presence. The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout.
Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal strip connects the taillights, lending visual width.
Inside, a horizontal theme creates a sense of openness, avoiding clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below a large screen. Aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents similar to those found in the Stinger adorn the dash.
In 2017, U.S. sales of the Kia Forte increased 13.8% to 117,596 vehicles, including both sedan and hatchback versions. Full details regarding the 2019 Forte will be revealed at the Kia press conference in Detroit, scheduled January 15.