Sketches leaked online purport to show the next version of Kia’s Forte sedan. According to Kia World, these sketches show the 2013 Forte that will debut sometime next year.
The leaked picture reveals a Forte sedan that is much more rounded and modern than the current model. In the profile sketch, the Kia appears to have the same rounded, sloping roofline seen on the Hyundai Elantra, and is vaguely reminiscent of the Ray concept from 2010. The front grille, headlights, and taillights are all in tune with other new Kia designs, like those seen on the Optima sedan.
The current Forte sedan was launched in 2009; the car also is available as a two-door coupe and four-door hatchback. Regardless of body style, power comes either from a 156-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, or a 173-hp 2.4-liter inline-four engine.
The Kia Forte is currently built on the same platform that underpinned the prior-generation (through model-year 2010) Hyundai Elantra, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Forte once again adopted the Elantra’s underpinnings. If so, it could mean a bump in the Forte’s fuel economy ratings. The new Elantra uses a 148-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four engine that returns 29/40 mpg (city/highway) whether mated to a manual or automatic transmission.
We reached out to Kia to see whether a 2013 Forte is indeed on the way, but did not receive a response before deadline. If a Forte makeover is nigh, we imagine it will debut at a major auto show some time in the next six months.
Source: Kia World