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Kia Motors Gives Sneak Peek of All-New 2019 Forte

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2019 Kia Forte
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Kia Motors just couldn’t wait until the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to officially open to share images of the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sedan, much to the delight of Kia fans and auto enthusiasts alike.

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The all-new Kia Forte still boats a young, energetic, and athletic aesthetic, but has ramped up its style to emulate aspects of the Kia Stinger sport sedan.

“What is most noticeable is that the Forte has evolved from a cab-forward design to one that is decidedly swept-back,” reports Kia.

The Forte’s cabin is designed with a horizontal theme for an expansive feel, Stinger-inspired spoked circular vents, and clean, simple controls.

“Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights,” according to Kia. “Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal strip connects the taillights, lending visual width.”

The Kia’s hallmark tiger nose grille is altered a bit, and the 2019 Kia Forte features a lower valance and creases in the hood.

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Until official details are released about the 2019 Kia Forte, drivers can still appreciate the impressive power delivered by the 2018 Kia Forte, which features a 2.0-liter DOCH 16-valve I-4 Atkinson Cycle  engine in the LX and S trims. The LX trim features a six-speed manual transmission while the S trim features an Electronically Controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®. The powertrains in both the LX and S trims generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.

The 2018 Kia Forte EX trim features a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine mated to an Electronically Controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®, a powertrain that generates 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

Kia will disclose complete specs on the 2019 Kia Forte at its press conference on Jan. 15, at 11:35 a.m. (EST) at the NAIAS.