The 2022 Kia Forte will be arriving in showrooms later this year with a host of improvements done in key areas. In order to keep the popular model attractive, the South Korean manufacturer decided to upgrade it both visually and tech-wise.
The new Forte now comes with a slightly changed design both up front and in the back. The front fascia now sports sleek new headlights and a new design for the trademark tiger nose grille. The front bumper was also tweaked as was the rear one and both of them sort of give the car a wider stance overall. LED technology is now used for the fog lights and the taillights while customers can also opt for new wheel designs and a fresh trunk lid spoiler.
Inside the cabin you’ll find a larger 4.2-inch color LCD instrument cluster along with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system display. All cars now get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a wireless connection while the design itself remains largely the same. You can also get a Smart Key for your car that allows you to remote start the car.
Under the hood, the engine line-up remained the same. You can have your pick out of either a 2-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 147 HP and a turbocharged 1.6-liter one with 201 HP. The latter can be had with a manual 6-speed transmission or an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch one.
As for the equipment lines available, you’ll have four of them to choose from: FE, LXS, GT-Line and GT. There’s also a GT-Line Sport Premium package you can tick, that brings a lot of kit to the table. It’s important to note that the GT version can only be had with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.
Kia also decided to add an impressive list of safety tech to the standard kit which includes things like Lane Following Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Pricing for the 2022 models is yet to be announced.