The 2017 Kia Forte5 is a new hatch from Korean automobile giant. The first thing we can see is that it will be sportier and more attractive than ever. The hatchback will come with roomie interior, 5 doors, that can fit a family and a plenty cargo, redesigned exterior, excellent fuel economy with the right size. The automaker has come up with facelifted design to appeal the buyers. The major modernization for 2017 provides Forte5 increased curb presences and dimension, but, unfortunately, the same engine as previous three models.
2017 Kia Forte5 Changes, Exterior
The exterior part of Kia Forte5 2017 is endowed with significant improvements. It will have tiger nose grille, has an Optima look that enables the vehicle to stand out in a market with wedge-shaped five-door hatchbacks design. There is a new front end, Light Emitting Diode daytime running lights, tail lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights in a deeper lower belt, dual exhaust outlets, red trim accents and higher three trim level such as LX, SX and Ex.
The LX entry level is equipped with remote keyless entry with trunk opener, exterior power folding mirrors, and projector beam headlights. There is also unique front and rear stylish details. The available exterior colors are orange, clear white, silky silver, Aurora black, steel blue and crimson red. It will also have the overall length of the vehicle is 179.5 inches with the width of 70.1 inches, and the wheelbase is 106.3 inches.
The 2017 Kia Forte5 interior part has a lot of amenities, some of these include automatic dual climate control, the navigation system, Bluetooth Audio, and Home link. All trims come with Drive Mode Select, that means you can choose between three level of driving like Normal, Eco, or Sport. LX trim include and Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and lane change assist. You van optionally get advanced driver-assistance systems.
LX and S trims get new cloth materials for the seats while S trim gets black cloth seats with unique white stitching, as well as a shift knob, phone connectivity, UVO3 telematics, a sunroof and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The EX now comes standard with leather seats with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature, rear vents, and a push-button start with Smart Key.
Also, EX trim has a bunch of new features(all standard), like:
– LED taillights
– 10-way power driver seat(two-position memory setting)
– leather seats
– leather–wrapped steering wheel
– perimeter approach lighting with front-door pocket lighting
– push-button start with Smart Key
– heated front seats
– rear-seat air vents
Kia put an effort to get a lot of “everything” for the reasonable amount of money. There is no end of various additions.
Both cars(Forte and Forte5) have in-vehicle connectivity over the touchscreen. It allows drivers to use smartphones functions, for example streaming music, looking for driving directions and sending text messages. The display is a mid-size 7-inch touch screen.
The forte5 has infotainment system functions that add connectivity to Apple Car PlayTM features, Android Auto as well as concierge and e-services emergency. The information screen provides easy navigation while driving. It also comes with automatic windows.It will be sophisticated with a lot of drivers assist features like Emergency Braking, front collision warning, as well as Lane Keep Assist.
2017 Kia Forte5 Engine And Fuel Economy
The hatch will be available in two four-cylinder engines choice. It is powered by 2.0 liters Gasoline Direct Injection(GDI) producing 173 horsepower with 6-speed automatic transmission or manual that sends the power to the front wheels which enhance better fuel economy. The sportier Forte5 SX is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6 T-GDI liters 4 cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque that transmit seven-speed dual clutch.
This vehicle will offer more power since the recycled exhaust gasses are used in activating the turbocharger device in the engine. The EPA rating will be 37 MPG/highway, 25 MPG/city and combined 30 MPG. The fort5 LX will provide 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque with EPA rating of 39 MPG /highway,26MPG/city and combined 31 Mpg. For EX, it will get power bump of 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque from 2.0 liter b4 cylinder engine with EPA rating of 35 mpg/highway, 24 mpg/city and combine fuel consumption of 28 mpg. It will be able to accelerate from zero to sixty miles within 7.4 seconds and maximum speed 134 mph.
Release Date And Price
The 2017 Kia Forte5 release date is expected to be for the market during the third quarter of 2016, and the expected for Forte5 SX price will range from $20,000 to $21,600. The vehicle will face competition from Ford Focus, Nissan Versa Note and Mazda 3.
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