Kia Cerato Revealed At Detroit Auto Show

The last-generation Kia Forte sedan won a Big Test comparison test in 2013. Read about it here

The engine and transmission combination are expected to deliver 35 mpg combined, about 3 mpg higher than before. With its updated powertrain and an all-new CVT option, the 2019 Forte aims to be stylish and fuel efficient. Another headline is the 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, with its unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels.

Kia aims to inject a little more class and sportier persona into its compact vehicle with the 2019 Forte, which made its debut on Monday at the 2018 Detroit auto show.

In particular the front-end including the grille and headlights looks like they were lifted from the Stinger.

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On the inside, Kia continues to impress us by offering a standard 8-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Out back, the 2019 Forte has a trim piece connecting both of its taillights, similar to the Sportage crossover. Current compact-sedan CVTs range from pretty good, as in volume models of the latest Honda Civic, to awful. Compare those 2018 EPA ratings here with the 2018 Forte.

Noting CVTs typically are slighted for their rubber-band feel, Kia says its engineers created an adaptive-style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of a push belt to create smoother and more linear acceleration, as well as a step-shift feel during wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is required. Handling improvements include a 16 percent-more-rigid body structure, and a tweaked suspension and steering.

Kia says raising the Forte's fuel efficiency was a top priority, so it is introducing its "Smart Stream" powertrains in the auto, with a second generation of Hyundai/Kia's 2.0L Nu 4-cyl., mated to either a 6-speed manual or what Kia is calling an Intelligent Variable Transmission or IVT.

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The Korean automaker revealed the larger and more fuel-efficient 2019 Kia Forte with design inspiration from the company's slickly designed Stinger vehicle, which popped onto the scene a year ago. The new Forte's Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter inline-four still kicks out 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, unchanged from the outgoing model.

A backup camera is standard for the 2019 Forte; a package of driver assistance and safety is available at extra cost.

Driver assist systems available on the new Cerato include Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and distance-keeping Smart Cruise Control.

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