Due in dealerships early next year, the all-new 2014 Kia Forte is making its world debut at the L.A. Auto Show.
New technologies aboard this sleek compact sedan include the South Korean company’s vaunted new UVO infotainment system, park assistance and LED headlights. It’s a little longer, wider and lower than the outgoing Forte, with an extended wheelbase that allows for improved interior roominess.
Power for the U.S. version is expected to come from the same 1.8-liter engine used in the current Hyundai Elantra (Kia is part-owned by Hyundai). Kia, which has enjoyed consistent growth in its American sales over the past two years, will follow the new Forte with seven more new or refreshed models in 2013, including a “significantly refreshed” Sorento crossover and a rumored new-generation Soul compact.
Though pricing for the 2014 Forte had not been announced at the time of writing, it looks like this stunning, well-equipped and comfortable ride will cost well under $20,000 (the 2013 Forte starts at $16,175).