Model year 2013 might be a dearth of new products for Korean automaker Kia, but the year after should start a landslide of new and updated cars and crossovers. The first of which will be the 2014 Kia Forte compact sedan.
Eschewing the straight edges adorning the current Forte for a curvier shape similar to the 2012 Kia Rio subcompact, the 2014 Kia Forte looks to be a dramatic departure from the current car. While the current Kia Forte is based on the same underpinnings as the previous-generation Hyundai Elantra, the new Kia Forte will leapfrog the Elantra. Kia’s sketches released this week confirm a new style and direction for the compact sedan, which was previewed in earlier sketches late last year.
Powertrain options are not yet known, but a spokesperson for Kia says its racing program has helped it develop stronger, more durable brakes that will trickle down to the production vehicle in some capacity. Called the Kia Cerato in Europe and much of the rest of the world, the new Kia compact sedan will ditch that name in its home market. Instead, it will go by the name Kia K3, joining the K5, which is our Optima; K7, the upcoming full-size Cadenza; and K9 flagship sedan, which will likely come to the U.S. as the Quoris.
Kia says it will be introducing the Forte to the Korean market later this year, and we expect a still yet-to-be-seen coupe and hatchback to join the picture. As the U.S. market has already received information on the 2013 Kia Forte, a carryover from last model year, we expect the car seen above to go on sale in the U.S. sometime in mid- to late-2013 as a 2014 model.
UPDATE: Kia’s Korean mother ship just posted more pictures of the upcoming K3 Forte on its Facebook page. The pictures show the car’s rear quarter, wheel design, silhouette, and a more detailed look at the headlight design that will make it onto the production version of the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. Check out the four new photos in the gallery below.