When Kia Motors launched the Gen III Forte sedan in 2013 (Forte is also known as the KIA Cerato in some markets), the European design-inspired car stunned the motoring world with its design and packaging. The mood and tone set by the South Korean auto manufacturer which is on a product overdrive moves on to the Forte successor. Although a year before it will be replaced Kia has released some design renderings of what it considers as another winner in its line-up in the otherwise mundane segment.
To be marketed as an all-new 2019 model, the Forte sedan prototype will be shown at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS),
While the third-generation Forte was able to position itself as sporty and youth-oriented stylish car, from the renderings it is clear that the design has evolved with a more sophisticated appearance with a number styling cues inspired by the recently introduced Stinger fastback sport sedan. The most noticeable design change is that the Forte’s profile has metamorphosed from a cab-forward architecture to swept-back.
Creases in the bonnet lend to the Forte’s muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front fascia, including a fresh approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive lower valance enhance its road presence. The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout.
Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal strip connects the taillights, lending visual width.
Inside, a horizontal theme creates a sense of openness, avoiding clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below a large screen. Aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents similar to those found in the Stinger adorn the dash. More details are expected to be released at the show.