• Dec 15, 2011
Most vehicles stay on the market for a good six or more years before they're replaced. But Kia isn't most automakers. The Korean brand has a lot to prove, and as it turns out they're intent on doing just that by keeping their product portfolio fresh.

That's why, though the current Forte sedan has only been on the market since 2009, Kia is already planning on replacing it in the new year with a 2013 model. And this could be our first look at it.

Reportedly leaked in four-door guise, this trio of renderings shows a rather svelte-looking design that borrows some of the dynamic approach of its big brothers at Hyundai, with a steeply raked windshield and the new family grille already familiar from the Optima.

It'll be a while before the new model debuts, but for now this will just have to keep our interests piqued.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      autoblogfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, looks great! Definite improvement over the current Forte, and a worthy sibling to the new Elantra.
      alan
      • 3 Years Ago
      My first impression was that someone just took an Elantra and photoshopped Kia design cues. But it's growing on me. And the spy shots I've seen that weren't too cloaked looked great, as did a drawing of the interior (definite Optima cues, which is fine by me). Does anyone know when we'll get our first look at it? Fingers crossed for LA or Detroit shows.
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see Cab Forward lives on. You'll notice the base of the windshield is almost directly over the center of the front wheels. This could produce a tunnel vision aspect to forward visibility but it opens up a lot of space for the interior and space is at a premium in a smaller car. It would be interesting to see how much of this drawing is incorporated in the actual car come 2013.
      The Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope they put the new 2.4L from the Sonata/Optima in this car. It has 200 hp vs the 173 hp of the 2.4L in the 2012 Forte SX, and should even get better mileage.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks great..like a small optima. but good luck with parallel parking
      Jaybird248
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good that KIA has created a new "stylized K" logo, which you can see on the latest Optima. Best thing about it... it doesn't say KIA.
        Curtis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaybird248
        I've never seen a Kia with that stylized K logo. It is a nice looking logo, but I'm assuming it's not being used in the US market.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, that's the trend these days. All BMWs look the same, all Audis looks the same and worse, all Hondas look the same (and boring) And it's bogus mileage will be higher than bogus mileage of Hondas.
        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford is king of the bogus mileage rating. So don't even start.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to say that Peter Schreyer is doing a much better job at Kia than he did at Audi. Kias are more stylish. Just compare the sketch above to the pictures of Audi A4. http://www.autoblog.com/photos/review-2009-audi-a4-3-2-quattro/med/#photo-2002908
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn it Honda, this should have been the 2012 Civic...
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MJC
        True. I can imagine Tetsuo Iwamura skipping a heart beat.
      bh
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the fight against rear visibility continues.
      Ripituc
      • 3 Years Ago
      But is it official? Looks rather unprofessional to me and the profile is too weird, the windscreen being so forward and the side glass so low makes it look like the Honda FCX Clarity. I don't think this is real, as it doesn't match the sporty Audiesque image Schreyer has given Kia.
        Guy Inkägnētō
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ripituc
        I agree: where the Sonata and Optima look nothing alike, this alleged next gen Forte shows shared styling cues with the Elantra; namely the character line and the C-pillar. In the tradition of the latest Kia models, I'd expect the next Forte not looking anything like the Elantra.
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