Because it looks, gorgeous.
We just came back from driving the all-new, third-generation Kia Forte sedan. In the US, the Forte will be sold with only one engine option (for now), a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. We say, for now, because Kia will likely add a sportier version of the Forte with a turbocharged engine. In other markets, the Forte is sold as the K3, the Shuma, and Cerato, and it is also closely related to the European Ceed, which is about to get its own sporty variant.
Kia has teased a single image of its new Proceed, a sportier variant of the Ceed hatchback. The outgoing Proceed was powered by a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder producing 201 hp - the same as the US-market Forte5 SX. The new model will be revealed at an event on September 13th, then make its public debut at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto in Paris on October 2nd. Based on the teaser, the car will draw subtle design cues from the Proceed concept car.
While the Proceed won't be sold in the US, it does offer a positive indication that the third generation Forte will indeed get a sportier version. We were incredibly happy with how the base Forte drove as an alternative to cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Still, a sportier SX version would only make us even happier, so hopefully Kia's plans in the US match it plans in Europe.