The compact sedan is coming revamped in 2022 with sharper styling and new features including an updated infotainment system and driver assists.
- The new 2022 makeover includes external styling updates, new wheels and more new tech.
- A 10.3-inch infotainment display is available as an option while wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity comes as standard features.
- The price abroad has been announced to be just over USD 20,000. Will it make an entrance in the Indian market? This is to be seen.
In the GT and GT-Line trims, the exterior changes include a revised, narrower upper grille and reworked bumpers – a sporty front bumper and glossy black rear sport bumper, which make the Forte look sportier. The new LED fog lights have gone below the lower grilles and possess unique taillights.
All this aside, the main upgrades are seen inside of the Forte this year. It comes with a new central console with an electronic parking brake. There are also faux-leather upholstery and rear USB ports available as options.
The 8-inch display remains standard while the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with the new 10.3-inch display are all optional. The larger display also offers in-dash navigation to drivers.
With its standard automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, they have added a new lane following assist. The automated emergency braking is also further upgraded with an alert for pedestrians and bicyclists. Forte’s rear cross-traffic alert system will even apply the brakes for you in case you find yourself backing into a curb.
Forte also gets a new adaptive cruise control feature like Kia’s some other models to automatically slow down speed in case of curves in the road. Kia also offers an optional safe exit system that warns you of opening your door if there are people or vehicles crossing by too close.
The mechanical specifications remain more or less the same for the reworked Forte 2022. The 2.0-liter MPI four-cylinder engine is standard on all trims other than the GT trim. It produces 147 hp and 132 pound-feet of torque and is paired exclusively with an Intelligent CVT.
Meanwhile, the sportier GT trim comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 201 p and 195 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The GT also has a multilink rear suspension and a dual-mode sports exhaust.
Forte has done well by Kia in the Korean and American markets in sales. This new 2022 makeover will also invariably be a boost to the sedan’s appeal globally. In terms of Indian market where Kia is currently offering only 2 SUVs and 1 MVP, Forte has not yet arrived. Whether it will or not, in the current market allure for bigger vehicles, can only remain a conjecture.