Following its debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the refreshed 2017 Kia Forte gains a new base engine and a host of new driver-assistance systems.
Last year’s 1.8-litre is now replaced by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder running on the Atkinson cycle with 147hp and 132lb ft at 4.500rpm. The new engine will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with Kia also offering the option of a second-generation six-speed automatic unit as well. The latter is also offered in the 164hp 2.0-litre GDI version, offering improved fuel economy and smoother shifting.
Visually, the 2017 Kia Forte gains a new front bumper and an extended ‘tiger-nose’ front grille to meet the headlights, just like in the 2016 Optima. A set of newly designed taillights with optional LEDs complete the outside revisions.
Kia will now offer three trims to choose from, including a new sporty S trim to sit between the entry-level LX and the EX range topper. The new S model gives you a sportier setup for the suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside there is an exclusive black cloth upholstery with contrasting stitching, as well as a leather steering wheel and shift knob.
A seven-inch touchscreen display is also standard, featuring Kia’s telematics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. S and EX models come with Drive Mode Select as standard, offering a choice of Normal, Eco or Sport modes to the driver. Kia has also added an array of safety systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert.
Pricing details for the updated Forte will, according to Kia, be announced shortly .