Kia has refreshed the Forte just in time for the 2016 North American International Auto Show, where we are live bringing you exclusive photos.

The 2017 Forte receives subtle visual changes including a new front bumper with ‘tiger nose’ radiator grille, now connected to the headlights – just like on the 2016 Optima. At the back there’s a pair of new taillights with optional LED technology.

The facelifted model will be offered with a new trim level – the sporty S that sits between the entry-level LX and the range-topping EX models. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and a rear spoiler.

All trims will come as standard with Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to choose from Normal, Eco, or Sport driving modes. The 2017 Forte also features a variety of safety and assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, lane change warning, lane keep assist, etc.

Probably the biggest hews here is the addition of a 2.0-liter Atkinson inline 4-cylinder engine that replaces the 1.8 motor of the outgoing model. It can be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a revised six-speed automatic. The EX models will be powered by another 2.0-liter engine, paired to a six-speed auto transmission.

Kia says power ratings and fuel economy figures will be released closer to launch, expected in a few weeks. Information about the 2017 Forte Koup will be released at a later date.

Source: Kia

Gallery: 2017 Kia Forte gets design and tech update for Detroit

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