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2014 Kia Forte: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

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The current Kia Forte, known as the K3 or Cerato in other markets, is a pleasantly styled and attractively priced alternative to the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in the compact segment. Penned in Kia’s California design studio, the car first launched in sedan trim as a 2010 model and was later joined by new coupe and hatchback bodystyles.

While not unattractive, the current Forte lacks the design flair of the newer Kia Optima or even its C’eed cousin sold overseas, which doesn’t help the Korean compact stand out in its class.

The car you see here is the all-new 2014 Kia Forte, in its sedan bodystyle, which is set to make its official world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November before going on sale shortly after.

The family resemblance to other recent additions to the Kia lineup is obvious, with the new Forte embracing Kia's bolder winged grille and aggressive character line design motifs. The lower valence looks familiar, too, with the same exaggerated openings for fog lights.

Charged with penning the rather stylish look was Kia design boss Peter Schreyer, who has introduced a much more premium look to Kia’s lineup, with his most recent design being the K9 (recently renamed Quoris) flagship sedan. Also in the pipeline is a successor for the Rondo MPV, which will be making its debut at September's 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The 2014 Forte is said to be longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model, which should promise more space inside, and will once again come in the choice of sedan, coupe and hatch bodystyles.

The current Forte features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering fuel economy as high as 27/36 mpg city/highway. We suspect a drivetrain with similar specifications will be offered in the new generation, with U.S. models possibly featuring the company’s latest 148-horsepower 1.8-liter ‘Nu’ four-cylinder engine while overseas markets also benefiting from a 126-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel.

The Forte is one of Kia’s most important models. With sales of 445,000 units worldwide in 2011, the compact car is Kia’s most popular model and by the looks of this new generation should continue that tradition.

Press days for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show don’t commence until November 28, but in the meantime click here to follow our complete coverage of the event thus far.
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  1. We've all been raving about the design revolution at Hyundai and Kia and I think it's really good but now I hope they do more R&D on how to improve the most important and basic principle why we love to drive cars - Dynamics.
     
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  2. This looks like it will be a great little car. It's nice to see that just because you buy an affordable car, you still have something that looks nice. Hope the interior is just as good as the outside.
     
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  3. unfortunately the interior and the engine just wont match the looks. i found this out when testing the Sportage. even with a bigger petrol adn diesle engine than the VW Tiguan it just wasnt even close in refinement let alone power. And the interior for all its bells and whistles attempts still came off cheap and nasty
     
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  4. ok who disagreed and then couldnt back it up with a reason why? if you dont agree then say so dont hide behind a button.

    i was in the market for a long time testing and retesting all the marques in this range of cars, and small 4x4s. and in the looks department the Kia was right near the top, but just alike a trophy girlfirend whos vapid and idiotic responses would bore you eventually the looks of them would rub off. so i chose the best all rounder.
     
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  5. I own the 2012 Kia Forte SX Hatchback and while I wish it had a little more refined 'driving experience,' it is by no means a bad drive. In fact it's a smooth, relaxing ride with enough characteristics to make it standout from an often bland segment. I loved the looks of the 2012 and this new design looks good too. Would love to see some sort of Hybrid version of the Forte available in the future.
     
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  6. This is a great looking car. People looking for an affordable ride really do have some nice choices now. I just saw a Ford Focus and it looks really nice. This looks like it will be great too.
     
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  7. It's a nice clean overall design - but the thing that impresses me the most is the front quarter window: Where a manufacturer such as Honda would have blanked out the corner with the dreaded black plastic triangle to cut costs, Kia put in the glass with a neat curved cutout for the door-mounted mirror.
     
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