Cosmetic changes have been made to the front and rear of the Forte
Bigger screens are present on the inside
Mechanical elements remain the same
For the first time since the current generation was introduced in 2019, the Kia Forte is being updated for 2022.
The compact sedan will benefit from reworked front and rear facias with a more aggressive look and headlamps and taillamps designed to look more like Kia’s other vehicles, especially the K5.
The company’s new logo will also be introduced on the Forte during this makeover.
On the inside, changes are limited to the addition of a USB port for the rear passengers and an increase in size of both the center screen and the display in the instrument cluster, the latter of which will now measure 4.2 inches.
The standard infotainment system will come with wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto across the whole lineup and it will make use of an 8 inch touchscreen. A 10.25-inch screen will be available.
Safety systems are a big part of the Forte’s equipment list since the base models come with 6 active safety systems and higher trims can be optioned with up to 15 of them.
The trim levels are shuffled slightly since the EX model is no longer on the menu, while a GT-Line trim is added.
This new GT-Line model features specific 17 inch alloy wheels, red accents and more aggressive styling on the outside and a sports steering wheel on the inside. The bigger touchscreen will be standard, as will many of the driver assist functions.
Mechanical elements have not been changed, so the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque will be under the hood of the three lower trim levels, accompanied by the same CVT transmission.
The top-of-the-line GT model will have a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, paired with a choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch unit.
Prices haven’t been confirmed yet, but the 2022 Forte should reach dealerships by the end of 2021.