Kia Forte 2019 - Stinger-inspired auto revealed in Detroit

The last-generation Kia Forte sedan won a Big Test comparison test in 2013. Read about it here

Out back, the 2019 Forte has a trim piece connecting both of its taillights, similar to the Sportage crossover.

The 2019 Kia Forte blew the Lamborghini away in a side-by-side comparison of functionality.

The 2019 Forte is 3.2 inches longer, which means more rear leg room and extra space in the trunk. The base of the windshield is moved back 5 inches for a longer hood, while the four-door coupe roofline stretches to the rear to accentuate the sportier proportions. It also grows slightly in width by 0.7 inch to 70.8 inches and is a half-inch taller at 56.7 inches, improving headroom.

The body structure benefits from a 16 percent increase in rigidity thanks to the use of Advanced High Strength Steel throughout 54 percent of the vehicle, with flow-on benefits to noise and vibration reduction, plus changes made to handling responsiveness. In fact, you won't even see a single turbo, as the 2019 Forte is powered by a 2-liter running the Atkinson cycle and producing 147 HP and 132 lb-ft.

For reasons that are not immediately apparent, Kia calls its new continuously variable transmission IVT, with the "I" standing for "intelligent".

Kia says the engine and IVT are the first examples of its new efficient "Smart Stream" technologies to make it into production and result in a fuel consumption average around 6.7L/100km. In doing so, NVH levels are also reduced by 5dB. Additional features include full LED headlights, a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, and a wireless phone charger. Kia says that efficiency was a high priority, and the new Forte will return up to 35 MPG combined, which is a 3 MPG improvement over the previous model.

Kia said that its CVT transmission has been reworked to become more exciting to drive.

Playing of the success of the success of its high-performance Stinger, which was nominated for 2018 auto of the year, South Korea-based Kia Motors incorporated some of its attributes in the 2019 Forte. A full suite of active safety tech will be offered on the 2019 Kia Forte including blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which bundles together automatic emergency braking and forward collision braking.

The Forte, Kia's best-selling vehicle, boasts a more sophisticated interior due to lush materials and design; a more athletic exterior due to an "aggressive black lower valance" and redesigned tiger nose grille; and impressive infotainment technology due to the standard eight-inch color touchscreen that seamlessly connects you to your favorite apps via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®.

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