2017 Kia Forte Release Date, Price

Kia has lots of hope regarding their upcoming face lifted baby which is none other than 2017 Kia Forte. This has been unveiled recently in the last auto show held in Detroit. The design, as critics understood has got major influence of Optima sedan. Two remarkable features which have been added this time is Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto app. These features are available for both hatchback and sedan. Few other features have been added and few services have been made optional instead of compulsory. Have a look at the major changes you are going to witness in the upcoming Forte.

2017 Kia Forte front

2017 Kia Forte – Appearance:

First and foremost, 2017 Kia Forte has received many changes in its front fascia. Grille is unique now which is being referred to as a tiger’s nose. Headlights have been extended up to the grille. Grille is made of mesh type structure. There are fog lamps of round edged square shapes. These lights will come handy on foggy days and nights when clear vision becomes difficult and headlights are not enough.

Ground clearance of Forte has not been changed and it is optimum like before. Ground clearance is largely responsible for the outlook of a car. A higher ground clearance is generally found in cars such as SUV or trucks whereas sedans and Kia Forte hatchback are found to have low or optimum ground clearance.


One new addition in Forte family is the S trim. This trim has got features in between Forte LX and Forte EX. Other major changes are the introduction of suspension sport tuned and rear spoiler. S trim is offered with 16 inch alloy wheels and other trims with 17 inch alloy wheels. Higher versions are being offered with latest bending type active headlights with LED make tail lights.

As far as infotainment is concerned, all new UVO3 system of Kia has been installed on EX and S trim. Other consoles are 7 inch touch screen, Bluetooth, music player, climate control, etc. Navigation feature has been kept optional this time. Most consoles will be upgraded to their latest versions in 2017 Kia Forte. This is done in order to bring old cars into latest technology so that they can compete with other market cars with same potential. There are three comfortable driving modes offered in 2017 Kia Forte. These are Eco mode, Sport mode and Normal mode.

This car can be said to reach its next generation because it has been installed with few outstanding latest features which are keyless entry, headlights of projector beam type, heated seats and also trunk opener. Steering wheel has more controls mounted than before. This will add more flexibility to the driver since he or she can have control over more functionalities without losing focus on the go.


Interior space is supposed to be increased in upcoming Kia Forte. This is because a considerable change in-car dimension has been observed. Therefore the leg space will be more now and you can have more comfortable ride than before. Also due to the introduction of new suspension system, there will be lesser vibration inside the car.

2017 Kia Forte interior

2017 Kia Forte – Engine and Fuel Economy:

Coming to the engine specification, 2017 Kia Forte has got a 2.0 liter engine I4 with Atkinson cycle feature as the base version. Previously the base version had a 1.8 liter engine I4. This engine is powered by a six speed manual transmission. There can also be option for availing six speed automatic transmissions.

This version’s engine has been tuned in a better way which promises to provide enhanced fuel economy. Speed transmissions are twin clutch type and S-speed. The base engine is supposed to produce a power up to 173 HP with a torque of 154 lb. ft. Details of other engine variants have not yet been disclosed.

2017 Kia Forte coupe

2017 Kia Forte – Price, Competitors and Release Date:

Kia has been very careful about not leaking out much details of this car. In fact, they were so aware of this fact that they did not even give any hint regarding the release date of this car. Kia has been quiet regarding price of 2017 Kia Forte as well. But it is being said that price of this Forte will not increase drastically from existing version. Presently Forte LX costs around $15,990 and Forte EX costs around $19,990.


2017 Kia Forte gives tough competition to Ford Focus, Nissan Versa Note and Mazda3. These cars have got features very similar to Forte.