Kia Forte borrows cues from the Stinger

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(81 mm) in length from its second to third generation, allowing for more passenger legroom and trunk space. Out back, the 2019 Forte has a trim piece connecting both of its taillights, similar to the Sportage crossover.

Other design details include bonnet creases, a new-look "tiger-nose" grille, a black valance and what Kia calls "Stinger-esque" headlights. Designers moved the cowl back 5 inches to achieve this look while giving the auto a more planted appearance on the road.

It is slightly less muscular and sporty that the Stinger and has a more traditional saloon vehicle shape. It gets new looks, too, bringing it visually closer - somewhat - to the Stinger GT, the brand's halo performance sedan; you'll see it most in the headlights and the semi-fastback roofline. It's 3.2 inches longer, which is quite noticeable in automotive design, as well as a half-inch taller and 0.7 inches wider.

United States customers will also revieve an efficiency-enhanced Atkinson-cycle version of the existing Forte's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while the version of the new Cerato slated for Australian showrooms from mid-2018 will differ slightly from its American counterpart by retaining the current Cerato's 2.0-litre MPI engine and six-speed torque converter automatic. Circular vents draw inspiration from the aerospace industry, and Kia promises that more materials are soft-touch this time around. The Korean automaker is expecting the new powertrain combination to get 35 mpg in the combined cycle. A six-speed manual transmission will also be available.

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Standard equipment will include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Kia said that its CVT transmission has been reworked to become more exciting to drive.

"Another welcome and surprising feature in this segment is an available 320-watt premium sound system developed with Harman Kardon that pumps out music through a unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels and throughout the cabin", reports Kia. For example, Kia addressed the "rubber-band-like feel" by designing the transmission with adaptive style shift logic that uses a chain-type belt instead of push belt.

The Korean automaker revealed the larger and more fuel-efficient 2019 Kia Forte with design inspiration from the company's slickly designed Stinger auto, which popped onto the scene previous year. Handling improvements include a 16 percent-more-rigid body structure, and a tweaked suspension and steering. The Forte will also be packed with advanced driver assist technology including Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control.