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Kia Forte 2022.

Kia Forte 2022.

Kia Forte 2022.

The Kia Forte 2022 is a restyled sedan model or K3/Cerato clone.

Recently, almost all car manufacturers have focused their attention on models with electric traction and off-road qualities.

However, the Korean company has introduced to the public a model with the name Kia Forte, which is designed for the North American market.

In Russia, the car is known as the Cerato brand. At home in South Korea, the model is called the K3.

At the same time, the car underwent a restyling procedure in the middle of the assembly cycle, as a result of which the sedan received the same changes as the K3 and Kia Cerato models.

The manufacturer officially introduced the updated local version of the K3 back in April this year.

The North American model retained the old name, but also received an updated brand logo and some technological solutions taken from the K5.

Appearance

The developers have given the front end more expressiveness through the technological procedure of lifting. The front of the Kia Forte got completely new optics.

The grille has changed its outlines and slightly widened (from one headlight to the other). The front bumper is also updated.

Kia Forte 2022.

Here you can notice two air intakes with glossy black edging (most likely they do not have the necessary functionality).

The running lights are made in the form of two strips, located diagonally in the lower grille.

Since this is not the creation of a new generation car, but only a restyling, the profile of the model does not differ from its predecessors.

However, there is an assumption that the body may get a new color scheme, and the wheel rims will change their design. Their size will be 16 and 17 inches.

Engineers have filled the stern of the four-door sedan with numerous air vents, which, in fact, are not needed at all, at least in such quantity.

The taillights also got a different design, and now they are connected to each other by a lintel of the luggage compartment cover.

By and large, there are no global changes and the modernization has affected only some elements.

However, it is unlikely that the interest of car enthusiasts will be lost for the Kia Forte 2022 model year.

Kia Forte 2022.

Interior and equipment

Inside the restyled car there are also no cardinal changes. The new Korean sedan for the North American market is planned to present in 4 packages.

Inside the models of the basic modification screen with a diagonal of 8″.

More expensive cars will have an infotainment platform with a 10.25″ widescreen display.

Only the native Kia K3s will have a virtual dashboard — neither Americans nor Russians will have this «luxury».

Among other equipment, it is worth highlighting the complex «Drive Wise»:

adaptive cruise control system with navigation;
Lane Keeping System;
Sensors for road sign detection;
Sensors for traffic sign recognition;
collision avoidance and pedestrian detection.

There are also wireless interfaces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, several separate USB ports for passengers of the second row.

Kia Forte 2022.

The developers have equipped the novelty with an electromechanical parking brake, which is able to hold the car in place or when moving on hills.

Buyers of Kia Forte sedan will be offered with new trim materials and upholstery (synthetic leather SynTex).

The steering wheel will remain the same, but there is already a new logo. Later, the company plans to put this logo on all cars.

In a more expensive package there is a smart-key for remote engine start, and the seats are upholstered in leather.

Technical Specifications

The developers of the South Korean company have excluded the mechanical gearbox from the general lineup — now instead of it a variator IVT is put already in the base.

The dimensions of the upgraded North American

Length (mm) — 4640
Width (mm) — 1800
Height (mm) — 1435
Wheelbase (mm) — 2700
Ground clearance (mm) — 135

Kia Forte 2022.

As for power units, there are two options for Americans:

The traditional 2-liter atmospheric MPI gasoline engine, producing 149 hp and 176 Nm.

Turbocharged T-GDI 1.6 unit with 204 hp and 264 Nm of torque.

At the same time, the first version is just the basic modification with a variator on board.

The second version works with two types of transmission — 7-speed pre-selective robotized transmission or manual with 6 gears.

This is the charged version of the Forte GT with an independent multilever design on the rear axle.

Competitors

Strong competitors of the «Korean» in the car market can become:

Hyundai Elantra N
Skoda Octavia 2022
Toyota Corolla 2022.

The competitors have almost similar appearance and especially they are slightly related by the front end.

Release date and prices

Assembly of cars for the U.S. market will be dealt with the enterprise in the city of Monterrey in Mexico.

According to the assurances of the manufacturer, the novelty will be presented only in a sedan body, although we can not exclude the appearance of a hatchback.

In Canada, for example, there are already such models Forte5. At home, these versions are called the K3 GT.

On the territory of Europe, they are known under the name Ceed as compact models of two modifications — Sportswagon and Swoopy Proceed.

In addition, a cross-hatchback Kia XCeed is created for Europeans.

The cost of the new sedan starts with a price tag of $18,890. If recalculated in rubles, it will be about 1,275,000 (at the current exchange rate).

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