• Jul 2, 2008
click the picture to view a high resolution gallery of the 2009 Kia Forte

Just the other day, we were all looking at a teaser pic and speculating wildly, and now, here it is. Kia dropped official images of its Spectra successor, the Forte, on the interwebs, and it is one sharp little car. The styling that the Forte introduces is Kia's new look, from the pen of Peter Schreyer, also responsible for the first-gen New Beetle and TT. The face of the Forte combines chunkily-flared front fenders with a new corporate grille, and there's a distinctive depression down the lower part of the flanks that works well with the prominent swage line to lend a stone-hewn look to the car. The term Forte in musical notation means "play loud," but this new Kia is restrained and maturely drawn. Additionally, the two-door variant of the Forte should look even better.

While there's no new design ground being broken, the overall effect is clean and handsome, reminiscent of many other higher-end vehicles. Check out those rear lamps -- remind you of any 40-something thousand dollar luxury car? When the Forte hits Korean showrooms in August, a new four-cylinder engine will be under the hood, employing 1.6 liters of swept volume. A 2.0 liter will follow on directly, and may be the only engine we get in the US when the Forte arrives on North American highways and byways in 2009. Compared to the Spectra, the Forte looks worlds better, and even on its own, we think it looks like a million bucks. Okay, $500,000. Let the endless string of "it looks like" comments begin. Thanks for the tip, William!


[Source: The Car Blogger]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't the Front Fenders say "New Maxima"

      I think so!

      Anyway . . . If the pricing is right, I'll drive one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Certainly a nice looking sedan, but stunning?

      Does the author own lots of stock in KIA or something?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Any chance this will be made in America? Does Kia have a Alabama plant or is that Hyundai?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hyundai has a plant in Montgomery AL....Kia is building a huge plant between West Point and Lagrange GA......both towns are just off I-85...West Point GA is on the AL line....Lagrange is about 15-20 miles from the AL line.
        These sister companies a quickly evolving into true contenders....Hyundai with the better products? This Forte is somewhat impressive as pictured and described....Hyundai has been offering more than basic equipped cars lately....perhaps Kia will follow suit?
        Hopefully our American manufactuers will catch up soon by producing more quality units that equal or surpass the Asian/European competitors...they must continue what they have started in order to compete.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's funny - it's like Hyundai Kia has lately been taking current Japanese sedans, and making them look better. Like - the Sonata kinda looked like a Accord/Camry hybrid, but it looks better than either of them. Same with this one - kinda looks like a Lancer/Civic, but looks better and more interesting than either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea you're absolutely right. They're taking the class leaders' style and making them actually look better. Not exactly original or breaking any new grounds, but at least they take a design and IMPROVE on it (though thats not saying much).

        And this Kia is pretty sharp. If only they could put some nice power under the hood, they'd have a killer. Maybe offer the 2.0 standard (~140 hp) and offer the 2.4 (175 hp) from the Optima on a top-of-the line model? I can dream...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea you're absolutely right. They're taking the class leaders' style and making them actually look better. Not exactly original or breaking any new grounds, but at least they take a design and IMPROVE on it (though thats not saying much).

        And this Kia is pretty sharp. If only they could put some nice power under the hood, they'd have a killer. Maybe offer the 2.0 standard (~140 hp) and offer the 2.4 (175 hp) from the Optima on a top-of-the line model? I can dream...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you guys think that is stunning then you need to get out more.

      A better headline would be
      "what you get if a Honda Civic and a Lexus have sex"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those are some good looking parents. It is understandable that the kid would be pretty good looking. Think Angelina and Brad's kid, the biological one, not a very good chance that kid is going to have a face like a shoe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on, seriously it looks exactly like a civic. Producing a car that similar should be illegal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW called, they want their 3 series rear end back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhh, the rear is much more A4 than 3 series - doh!.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...hmmm asian generic..but rather cute..def cuter than the civic..kia is finally growing up.
      ...Das Auto
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like more money than you'd expect in this segment because of the highly sculpted tooling. Good work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we say ripoff? It looks just like a Honda.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except Hyundai and Kia are the same company, just like Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kia is the new Honda, Hyundai the new Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front is very well done. The back looks good.

      The side profile however is not very well executed. Way too many creases that don't exactly line up. The designers added too many desing elements from other cars but didn't make them work together as a whole.

      Still its an attractive car and shows that in a few years the Koreans will be right up there with the big boys in vehicle design. I mean look at a Rio from 5 years back and look at the current one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is one good looking mainstream compact sedan. It ranks near the top of the segment with the Mazda3 and Mitsubishi Lancer in regards to attractive exterior styling. I am pleasantly surprised that Kia could pull off something that appealing. It would be the first Kia product that I would actually consider buying.
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