Kia’s new version of the Forte sedan has already been unveiled back in South Korea, where it’s known as the K3. But while details have yet to be announced, we can expect most (if not all) of these updates to make their way to US showrooms soon.
The facelifted version of the model known here as the Forte, in Korea as the K3, and elsewhere as the Cerato has a more sophisticated exterior appearance, with a larger grille, new head- and tail-lamps, and reshaped bumpers to give it a wider, more planted appearance. The interior features a sporty new flat-bottom steering wheel as well as new vents, multimedia controls, and trim.
The Korean automaker has also taken the opportunity to outfit the new K3 with speed-sensitive electric power steering, lane assist, automatic park assist, and hands-free trunk opening. In its home market, the revised K3 offers 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. But considering that the current Forte packs more punch than that already, we wouldn’t take too much stock in the KDM engine specs. The 2015 Kia Forte LX available in the US packs a 1.8-liter inline-four good for 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque, while the more potent Forte EX steps up to a 2.0-liter four delivering 173 hp and 154 lb-ft.
The Forte nameplate was launched in the US in 2009. The current, second-generation model launched in 2013. It’s currently offered as a sedan, five-door hatchback, and as the two-door Forte Koup. The closely related Kia Cee’d offered in Europe is sold as a three-door hatch, five-door hatch, or five-door wagon.