Kia America has announced the availability of the 2017 Forte in the United States, coming with significant visual and mechanical updates compared to the last year`s version. The updated model will also receive a new engine.
The 2017 Kia Forte comes in the United States in three level trims, all receiving a plethora of updates. The most significant ones are those found on the S trim, LED positioning lights, meaning chrome rear spoiler and exhaust tip, 16-inch alloy wheels and so on.
In the engine department, the 2017 Kia Forte has dropped the 1.8-liter flat-four and is now packing a higher-performance 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine.
The Atkinson cycle engine develops 147 horsepower and 132 lb-of torque, achieved at 4.500 rpm. The engine can be hooked to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.
Besides the 2.0-liter engine, the carmaker is also offering a 2.0-liter GDI Atkinson engine, this one coming with a higher 164 horsepower and 151 lb-of torque, hooked to a single six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to that, the 2017 Kia Forte proves to be extremely efficient, burning out just 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
We are not sure how much the all-new 2017 Kia Forte will costs in the United States, but in case you are interested in the model, stay tuned for upcoming news! Meanwhile, enjoy our up-to-date info on other hot models that are currently launched in the United States!