Kia Forte faces off with Lamborghini at Detroit auto show

Kia Forte faces off with Lamborghini at Detroit auto show

Kia is expected to continue with the entry-level S grade, but replace Si with Sport and SLi with Sport Plus. Design cues cribbed from the Stinger are evidenced in the front bumper, while the rear end's stumpy deck lid appears nearly Audi A3-ish and its tail-lamp LED graphics look like heavily inspired by Jaguar. The cowl point was also pushed back five inches.

The 2019 Forte is 3.2 inches longer, which means more rear leg room and extra space in the trunk.

The 2019 Kia Forte blew the Lamborghini away in a side-by-side comparison of functionality. It also grows slightly in width by 0.7 inch to 70.8 inches and is a half-inch taller at 56.7 inches, improving headroom.

The body in white is 16 per cent stiffer and there are new subframe designs that are claimed to improve lateral responsiveness.

While the Forte was Kia's best-seller in the 2017, the model arrives amid gloomy conditions for compact cars.

USA 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. "The new powerplant can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia's all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)". Kia says that this results in smoother acceleration with a step-shift-like feel that mimics a conventional automatic.

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Other technical changes include retuning of the electric-assist power steering, reworked suspension geometry to make the auto feel more nimble and "evolutionary improvements" to throttle response and brake feel for shorter stopping distances.

"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.

Kia's projected 35 mpg rating would be a 3.0 mpg jump from the smaller 2018 Forte.

There are also new "air curtains" below the front bumper that improve aerodynamic performance (although Kia doesn't say by how much). 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.

An eight-inch colour infotainment touchscreen sits in a tombstone housing atop the centre stack, while a wireless charging pad will be available in some grades.

The 2019 Kia Forte goes on sale later this year, and pricing will be announced closer to its release date.

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