Kia Forte Could Be Spiced Up With Sportier Model

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Kia hints that a “more exciting” Forte could be in the works.

Who would have ever thought Kia would have the brass to compare its latest model with Lamborghini? That’s what recently happened with the Forte, in a tongue-in-cheek video comparing the sedan with a Lamborghini Aventador supercar. It’s a testament to the Korean company’s new-found confidence, as we’re seeing the automaker attempt to refresh its image. It all started with the launch of the Stinger, a stylish sports sedan that we think gives its more established rivals like BMW a run for their money.

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Kia revealed the new redesigned 2019 Forte with a sleeker look that borrows some styling cues from the Stinger. Right now, Kia doesn’t offer a performance version of the Forte, but that that could soon change. In an interview with MotorTrend at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Kia Forte product manager Derrick Ty hinted that a “more exciting” version of the Forte could be on the way, but didn’t go into specifics. "We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products," he said. "We have more exciting products that are coming that I can’t speak of… It’ll be pretty exciting for the next few years. I mean, I’m already excited as it is with the Forte the way it turned out."

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"It’s a taste of what’s to come." Exactly what Ty means by “more exciting” is of course open to interpretation, but the Forte shares the same platform as the Kia Cee’d, Hyundai Elantra and i30 which all have performance versions, so a hot Forte is certainly a possibility. Alternatively, we could see a version of the Forte with styling inspired by the stunning Proceed concept shown at Frankfurt last year showcasing Kia’s new “extended hot hatch” body style that looks more like a shooting brake. Fingers crossed. For now, though, we’ll have to settle with the standard Forte and its 2.0-liter engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.

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