The Forte has a clean and sharp design but let’s face it- it is starting to look aged when placed next to its bigger brother, the Optima or its cousin, the Hyundai Elantra. That's why, though the current Forte sedan has only been on the market since 2009, Kia is already planning on replacing it new year with a 2013 model and this could be our first look at it. The svelte-looking design borrows some of the dynamic approach of the Optima sedan with its steeply raked windshield and the new family grille.
Designed by Peter Schreyer, the new sedan is expected to be powered by a range of gasoline direct injected 1.6L and 2.0L lumps. The availability of a 1.6 T-GDI variant would be a bonus. Rumor has it that the concept version will make its debut at the Detroit Autoshow in a few weeks’ time. Stay tuned!