Stylish design, latest driver assistance and infotainment, and possibly the most efficient non-hybrid drivetrain ever installed in a compact. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 15, 2018 2019 Kia Forte - Pricing TBA later this year while providing future owners with an early estimated 35 mpg combined rating! Detroit, MI -- At the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia revealed its all-new third generation 2019 Forte in its standard three LX, S and EX trims. So why was it imho the most important reveal at the show? The all-new “Smart Stream” derived drivetrain. 2019 Kia Forte Drivetrain A new second-generation atkinsonized 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L I4 (same as the current Forte) with cooled EGR is mated to either a 6-speed MT in the base LX trim or an all-new CVT with adaptive style shift logic. CVT NVH was reduced by wrapping the transmission case in a sound-insulating cover that reduced interior noise by 5dB. Together the drivetrain provides an estimated 35 mpg combined rating, 3 more than the current 2018 Forte. We are talking 2018 Elantra ECO like efficiency with more hp without having to use a costly turbo. 2019 Kia Forte Exterior Design The all-new Forte’s long hood and short rear deck follow the latest automotive fashion trend. Feature lines in the hood contribute to the Forte’s aggressive appearance while the signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive black lower valance, continue to present its Kia roots. Turn signals are now separate from the all-new projection or full LED headlamps and mounted below the front bumper <-- this was a more expensive design decision, while integrated air curtains improve aerodynamics. Outback, the signals were also separated from the rear LED taillights. Where the design missed a beat was to forgo the 18 Sonata’s large flat rear trunk face instead of including the decades old plate cutout. 2019 Kia Forte Interior Design Infotainment is going to be a highlight as the all-new Forte includes an 8 in color touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the ability to read SMS texts aloud through Bluetooth. Qi wireless charging is also available. An available 320-watt Harman Kardon system will also be available. Revised seats are both lighter more comfortable with increased lumbar support and denser seat foam. Wheelbase has remained the same at 106.3 inches while overall length has increased by 3.2 inches to 182.7 in. Unfortunately, the already limited rear seat leg room has fallen by 0.2 in. Height is up by almost .5 in to 56.7 in allowing .2 in more headroom front and rear. Width has been increased to 70.8 in from the 70.2 in offered with the current Forte allowing 0.5 in more rear seat shoulder room. Moving to the trunk, the all-new 2019 Kia Forte has a 15.1 cu.-ft. of cargo volume, up 0.2 cu. ft from the current 2nd gen. Occupants will receive easier ingress and egress, and better outward visibility. 2019 Kia Forte Safety The all-new 2019 Forte includes more hot-stamped components and 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel resulting in a 16 percent stiffer body. The Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system has been tuned to reduce the artificial steering feel. Improved brake tip-in provides a shorter stopping distance. Kia’s optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) includes Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC). Given the current 2018 Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rated vehicle, expect the all-new 2019 in EX trim with all the options should receive the same. This is going to be one hell of an addition to a first-time buyer’s drive with a low total cost of ownership and the latest affordable technology.