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Official sketches of the new Kia Forte

By SYF77 on 30 Jul 2012

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If you think that the current Kia Forte has taken a lot of sales away from the Corolla, the next Forte might do more harm to the Corolla’s sales, judging from the first official sketches of the new model from the Korean car marker.

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The new C-segment contender will be longer, wider and lower than the outgoing version. In South Korea, the new Kia Forte will adopt the "Kia K3" nameplate. This is in line with the new nomenclature of Kia's lineup.

From the sketches, the new Forte seems to adopt a sloping roofline that is commonly found in the so-called "four-door coupe" models. The high window beltline adds to the car’s sporty profile although it may reduce the all-round visibility of the car. The front fascia proudly displays the brand’s signature 'Tiger nose' while the rear light combination bears reminiscence of those found on the larger Kia Optima K5.

Kia plans to unveil the new Forte globally by end of 2012 and will go on sale in its domestic market this year as well. The export version will be available for sale by the first quarter of 2013. My only wish is that the 1.6-litre T-GDI lump in the Veloster Turbo will find its way underneath the hood of the new Forte. Then, the tiger-faced saloon will run as fast as it looks.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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GrandCruiser Jul 30 2012 09:37 PM
Dude, you are slow. The official real-life images of Kia K3 has been unveiled. http://www.kia-world...4-forte-images/
SYF77 Jul 31 2012 06:48 AM
Yes, I know. But official posting date of the article is not within my control.
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