Kia updated the 2017 Forte design, gave it a new engine with updated transmission and tossed in advanced technology to make their compact sedan a sought after vehicle in the coming months. Kia also changed up the different trim levels available for the Forte.
Now available in three trims, a new sporty S trim sits in between the entry-level LX trim and the top-trim EX model. The all new S level trim pumps up Forte’s sportiness by adding a sport-tuned suspension, 16 inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. For 2017, the EX trim remains the top of the range, and with that, comes standard with premium exterior features such as LED taillights, Smart Key with perimeter approach lighting and front door pocket lighting, and new 17-inch alloy wheels.
Visual enhancements to the 2017 Forte add even more sophistication to its compact sport-sedan styling. Up front, the Forte dons a new front bumper and Kia’s “tiger nose” grille that has been extended to connect with newly designed headlights, which are available with Xenon HID lights. Customers will have the choice of two designs on the front end, one emphasizes the Forte’s sophisticated personality and one that is more sporty. The make over is rounded off with redesigned taillights, with optional LEDs.
On the inside, LX and S trims get upgraded cloth materials for the seats, with the S trim featuring exclusive black cloth seats with white contrasting stitching, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The EX now comes standard with leather seats with heated front seats, dual-zone full automatic temperature control, rear vents, and a push-button start with Smart Key. The S and EX trims come standard with UVO eServices and will have smartphone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Over the past few years Kia has been packing more advanced technology into their vehicle, including the Forte. This model year is the first time that the Forte will have available Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert on certain trim levels. The Forte also comes with the latest navigation system, rear camera display and Drive Mode Select, with allows the driver to change the driving experience based on their preference.
Under the hood Kia replaced last year’s 1.8-liter inline-4 cylinder engine with a 2.0-liter Atkinson I-4 with 147 horsepower. The new base engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic transmission is available. This change offers higher fuel economy and smoother shifting which makes the 2017 Kia Forte fun and easy to drive.
The Forte is expected to arrive in showrooms this fall. Find more information about the 2017 Kia Forte Here.