New Kia Forte 2020

Sedan Kia Forte 3 generation officially debuted in the North American International Auto Show 2020 in Detroit. The new generation of Kia Forte, an understandable case, is intended by an American buyer, but in fact we have a new generation of Kia Cerato sedan. In our review, the new Kia Forte 2019-2020 – photos and videos, the price and specifications, specifications of the American version of Kia Tserato. The new Kia Forte sedan, despite being the sister brother of the new generation Kia cee’d (premiere planned for the spring of 2020 in Geneva), is positioned by the manufacturer as a more accessible version of the larger and more prestigious Kia Stinger elevator.


photo Kia Forte 2019-2020

To understand this so or not, we will try in our review. According to preliminary information, the start of sales of the new generation Kia Forte in the North American market is scheduled for early summer 2020. The price for Kia Forte 2020 model year is not yet announced, but it can be precisely said that the cost of the new generation of the sedan will be more than the price of the previous generation model, which starts at $ 16,800.


Developing a new third generation Kia Forte (to us, the new product will come under the name Kia Cerato), the creators pushed themselves from the larger Kia Stinger model with its stylish body. Thus, the new sedan received different body proportions than the Kia Forte model of the previous generation. Compared to the predecessor, the hood of the novelty was 124 mm longer, the supports of the front pillars shifted backwards, the salon also moved to the stern, and even additional neat windows appeared in the rear pillars, giving the body a more solid look. Perhaps the side body of the new generation of Forte models does not look as gorgeous as the Kia Stinger, but there are common features.

photo Kia Forte 2019-2020 front view

The front and rear parts of the body of the new generation of the Korean sedan are awarded by designers with stylish lighting equipment. “Face” of the car with a compact falshradiatornoy grille, neat headlights (searchlight or fully LED), a powerful bumper with a large central air intake and fogs, located within it, as well as direction indicators, registered in the stylish sections of the side air ducts. In the presence of a bonnet with a charismatic topography and a rear-view mirror with compact bodies on thin guides.

photo Kia Forte 2019-2020 side view

On the side, the body of the novelty looks stylish, solid and attractive: a long hood, a heavily lined back windshield frame, a dome-shaped roofline flowing smoothly through the powerful rear posts onto the miniature boot lid, a compact but powerful forage, circular wheel arches, graceful and not overloaded with vyshtampovkami and ribs of the surface of the wings and doors.

The sedan’s stern looks simply gorgeous, like for a budget car: a neat luggage compartment lid, smooth rear end skirts, excellent stylish lighting fixtures with LED fill (side lights connected to each other by a narrow bar), a powerful bumper with bumpers located on its body and reverse. It’s a pity that the LED headlamps and LED chandelier of overall lighting with the original graphics became the property of the most saturated sedan complete sets. Typically, the front headlights are searchlight type with conventional lamps, as, indeed, and simple lamps in the parking lights.

  • The exterior dimensions of the body of the Kia Forte 2019-2020 year are 4640 mm in length, 1798 mm in width, 1440 mm in height, with 2700 mm of wheelbase.

photo Kia Forte 2019-2020 rear view

It should be noted that an increase to 54% of the share of high-strength steel in the structure of the body’s power skeleton made it possible in general to provide 16% more rigidity of the body than that of the Kia Forte 2 generation. At the same time the novelty is based on the modernized front-wheel-drive platform of the previous generation of the sedan with the front independent suspension (McPherson strut) and the rear semi-independent suspension (compact curled beam). The chassis has been refined taking into account the higher requirements of the buyers for comfort and handling.

photo salon Kia Forte 2019-2020

The stylish and modern interior of the new four-door Forte sedan (also Cerato) is pointedly rigorous, with excellent ergonomics and a solid set of advanced equipment. Representatives of Kia Motors assure that the novelty has a more spacious interior than the predecessor, and the useful volume of the luggage compartment has increased already up to 428 liters (the sedan of the last generation has 422 liters under condition of measurements according to the American standard EPA).

photo of the salon Kia Forte 2019-2020

The interior pleases with original and fresh solutions in the form of a mass of horizontal lines, ventilation deflectors in aviation stylistics turned towards the driver of the center console, a separately installed screen of the multimedia system, simple with a logical control of the air conditioning unit, interesting design and arrangement of buttons around the gear lever. The quality of finishing materials, the fittings used and the assembly of interior elements do not cause complaints.

photo interior Kia Forte 2019-2020

To get acquainted with the novelty, the Korean manufacturer introduced the traditionally, the most saturated sets of the new sedan – with leather interior trim, front seats with heating and ventilation, dual-zone climate control, a multifunctional steering wheel and dashboard, supplemented by a color screen of the route computer, keyless entry system and the start-stop button of the engine, automatic braking and tracking systems for objects in blind areas of rear-view mirrors and marking, adaptive cruise control, mentioned multimedia system with 8-inch touch screen (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, rearview camera), audio system Harman / Kardon, full-LED headlamps and LED marker lights.

Equipping the basic version of the new generation of Kia Forte is less saturated, but the 8-inch screen, climate control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control are present by default.

Technical characteristics of Kia Forte 2019-2020.
For the sedan, only one petrol four-cylinder naturally-aspirated 2.0 MPI engine from the Nu family (running on the Atkinson cycle) is offered, and installed on a sedan of the previous generation, but supplemented with an EGR system with cooling function. The upgraded 2.0-liter engine delivers, as before, 147 hp 179 Nm, but will please a more modest fuel consumption, especially in tandem with the new transmission – the Variable Variable Transmission (IVT) is developed independently by Kia Motors. In the company with the new variator the engine is satisfied with an average of 6.72 liters of gasoline per 100 km of run. As an alternative, 6 ICIEs are proposed.
Variator Intelligent Variable Transmission is equipped with a new toothed chain, soundproof casing, as well as an adaptive logic gear shifting system that simulates the operation of a conventional automatic transmission.