(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.
Honda Accord named auto of the Year
Volvo's redesigned 2018 XC60 reigned supreme over the also-redesigned Honda Odyssey and all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio . The wins for the Navigator and the XC60 gave this year's awards a luxury skew.
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.