Kia has presented the 2014 Forte sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Essentially the American version of the K3 / Cerato that we saw earlier this year, the Forte sedan is expected to go on sale in Q1 2013. The third-gen model is 1.2 inches longer, 0.2 inches wider and 0.6 inches lower than the model it replaces and will be available in LX and EX variants with 1.8- or 2.0-liter engines.
The LX gets a 1.8-liter MPI four-cylinder engine producing 148 hp (110 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 131 lb-ft (177 Nm) at 4,700 rpm. Power is sent to front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional 6-speed auto. It rides on 15-inch with 195/65R-15 tires or optional 16-inch alloys with 205/55R-16 tires.
The EX is equipped with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder GDI engine generating 173 hp (129 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb-ft (208 Nm) at 4,700 rpm. This model is offered as standard with the automatic transmission, 16-inch alloys with 205/55R-16 or optional 17-inch wheels with low-profile 215/45-17 rubbers.
Moving inside the cabin there's more legroom thanks to the 106.3 inches wheelbase (2 inches longer), improved materials and an optional 4.2-inch color LCD. Additional goodies include power windows, door locks and mirrors, Bluetooth and chrome accents, while for more money clients can opt for leather upholstery, dual zone climate control and power sunroof.
Further details are available in the following press release.