Kia Motors releases design renderings of 2019 Forte ahead of NAIAS

2019 Kia Forte gets most of design cues from Stinger

Prior to its global debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors has released the design renderings of the all-new 2019 Kia Forte.

The third-generation of the compact sedan retains its sporty and youthful image, but gets a more sophisticated appearance.

The 2019 Kia Forte now has a number of sleek and dynamic cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan, and the most noticeable part is its evolution from a cab-forward design to one that is decidedly swept-back.

Creases in the hood 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. An aggressive lower valance enhance its road presence. The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout.

Around the 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.