The 2017 Kia Forte comes under the category of a family of compact sedans, with numerous diverse body styles and engines. A demonstrative design, an agile driving personality, and a value-centric attribute set are general points amid them, which assist the 2017 model to stand out in a strongly competitive segment of the market.
So far, the Forte has not fairly manages the super-sophisticated sweet spot set by the most recent Optima mid-size car and Sportage and Sorento crossovers. However, Kia appears to be seeking a bit more synergy between the Forte and those other thriving models, offering an innovative direct-injection powertrain to some of the array, a more athletic Forte S model, and an innovative package of active safety attributes to the lineup.
2017 Kia Forte Changes, Exterior
The external design will be the same as that of the outgoing model. The front fascia of the vehicle comes outfitted with the similar tiger nose grille that has been extended to join with the fresh headlamps. The front fraction of the vehicle comes outfitted with a grille of the equal width like that of its forerunner and its sides do not incline much inward like in the existing Forte, providing the grille with a rectangular structure than before. On the 2017 Forte, the headlamp is not as high, and the entire inboard headlamp edge meets the grille, providing the new vehicle with a much-improved front look.
The front face of the vehicle also comes outfitted with bigger mist lights that have been moved inside to sit near the air dam. This allows Kia to insert a small air vent on each corner, providing the front part of the vehicle a more athletic look.
Just about the sides, the new vehicle comes outfitted with the identical doors, mirrors, and a broad V body stripe on the lower branch of the doors.
The rear part of the vehicle also gets some minor tweaks, such that the surrounding taillights are more round than before and come with lucid lens. The deck tops at the rear features somewhat a more articulated lip, and the taillights feature a twin-layered look to them. Down underneath, a small bodyline has been introduced to the corners, providing way to a sportier rear finish, and the reflectors have been tumbled down a little. The insert on the foot of the back face has a straight border on top, and the exhaust route is now oval-shaped rather than circular in the outgoing model.
Both optional and standard external features vary in accordance with the model. The S trim comes equipped with external features that include a back spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daylight running lights and chrome exhaust tip. alternatively, the EX trim will be offered with optional external features, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, Smart Key with border approach light and automatic bending headlamps.
2017 Kia Forte Interior
The inside design undergoes minimum modifications only. The seats within the cabin keep the same general design, but the technology and material features fluctuate according to the trim level.
Hence, the LX model comes equipped with the better cloth for the seats, whereas the S model comes equipped with black cloth with white distinction sewing, leather-enveloped shifter and guiding wheel, and UVO33 infotainment arrangement.
The EX model comes equipped leather, 10-way electronically adjustable heated seats, double-position memory settings, back passenger vents, twin-zone mechanical HVAC controls, UVO33 infotainment structure and button start by a Smart Key.
The new Forte comes with adequate safety features, such as:
Lane change assist.
Front collision warning.
Autonomous emergency braking.
Rear cross-traffic alert.
Lane changes warning.
Blind spot detection.
Lane keeping assist.
2017 Forte also comes outfitted with Drive Mode Select as standard that includes three diverse driving modes, like Sport, Normal and Eco.
Each model gets their required power resource from different engines. As a result, LX and S trims would come outfitted with a new 4-cylinder Atkinson, Inline-four engine with the capacity of 2.0 liters. This 2017 Kia Forte engine will be coupled with a six-rate manual gearbox as standard, and a six-rate automatic gearbox comes as an option.
Alternatively, the EX trim comes outfitted with 4-cylinder, GDI engine with the capacity of 2.0 liters and it will be coupled with a six-rate mechanical transmission.
Kia also established that the new S trim would be offered with a sport-attuned suspension, meaning it would be able to do better than other models.
Base price and the release date
The 2017 Kia Forte release date is anticipated to be the last quarter of 2016. About pricing, each trim comes with diverse pricing, such that the LX and S trims will be accessible at a starting cost of $16,000 and $18,000 respectively, whereas the EX trim will be accessible at a base cost of $20,990.
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New Kia Forte 2017 Photos