The Kia Forte has received an onverhaul, getting an infusion of Stinger DNA for the North American masses, new and better tech, and better fuel-efficiency.
Unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new, 2019 Kia Forte is both sportier and more sophisticated in appearance than the previous model, thanks to several styling cues clearly inspired by the Stinger sports sedan. Kia’s designers ditch the cab forward look for a fastback-like shape with a longer hood and short rear deck and pushed back the cowl point five inches. Astute observers will also notice the redesigned headlights, a more aggressive lower bumper and pronounced hood creases.
The new Forte has grown overall size, with its length increasing by 3.2-inches to 182.7 inches, improving legroom and truck space as a result. It’s also half an inch taller and a tad bit wider.
In addition to offering more room for driver and passengers, the interior comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen that’s easy and comfortable to navigate, featuring a little shelf to rest your palm on and Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. A wireless charging tray is optional.
The Forte is also available with a suite of safety features like lane-keeping, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, with forward collision avoidance as standard.
Under the longer hood is a 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), which is a CVT with a fancier name. The 2.0L and the IVT transmission are expected to get a 35 MPG combined rating, 3 MPG better than before.
The new, 2019 Kia Forte goes on sale later in 2018. From what you see and know, how do you think it compares to the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and other compact sedans? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Detroit Auto Show Moving From January To October?
With an increasing number of automakers shifting their attention to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Detroit finds itself in a difficult situation. The Motor city is considering moving the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) from January to October in an effort to keep it relevant.
Sources close to show organizers revealed to that the first October NAIAS would most likely take place in 2020, but a final decision has yet to be made.
What city would wan their auto show to be held in the dead of winter anyways? I’ll go with the milder Automun breeze, thank you very much.
Despite the change in dates, the show will continue to be held in the Cobo Center but could finally have some of its events take place outdoors, allowing the press and the public to possibly drive some of the cars on display. That’s precisely what automakers do at CES in Las Vegas.
The announcement comes in the wake of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to forgo the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, a decision that reflects the broader trend of the world’s automakers skipping the often expensive shows in favor of standalone, invite-only events.
Infiniti Previews Its Future Design And Technology With Q Inspiration Concept
At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti took the wraps off a concept vehicle that it says previews its future.
Not only does the so-called Q Inspiration Concept preview Infiniti’s new design direction, but it also ushers in a new era of technology for its vehicles.
It features the company’s next-generation ProPILOT system, which supposedly “liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations.” However, because it can be overridden at any time, it doesn’t completely cut the driver out of the equation.
Power is provided by by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression (VC) turbo four that is said to continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency. The VC also powers the new QX50 crossover, where it produces 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the
Jumping to styling, the Q Inspiration Concept is a four-door sedan with coupe-like profile that’s sleeker, more sculpted and more flowing than any of Infiniti’s current models, even Q60 coupe. Rear-hinged rear doors give excellent access to a futuristic interior.
Christian Meunier, Infiniti Global Division Vice President, stated:
“The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them.”
Although the Q Inspiration Concept is only a design study and isn’t destined for production, there is a chance it will influence the next-generation Q70 sedan or even a spiritual successor the Q45 flagship sedan.
Ford Will Release 40 Plugin Hybrid And Electric Vehicles By 2022
Like crosstown rival General Motors, Ford Motor Co has an onslaught of hybrid and electric cars on the way, having confirmed plans to release 40 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022.
This includes electrified versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports cars and a fully-electric performance SUV (possible called ‘Mach 1’) that offers at least a 300-mile range and goes on sale by 2020. In fact, 16 of the 40 models will be fully-electric.
To make this happen, Ford will invest more than $11 billion by 2022 and has formed ‘Team Edison’ to “own the strategy, own the planning, and interface into the trend” of EV development and production.
The Ford Escape and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln MKC and Navigator, are expected to get plug-in hybrid versions soon. Speaking of Lincoln, the brand is expected to offer a hybrid version of each of its models.
Ford is clearly sinking its feet into the inevitable electric future.