Kia To Launch the Gen 3 Forte

“Everybody knows” that sedans are dead, that crossovers are everything.

“Everybody knows” that sedans are dead, that crossovers are everything.

Which makes the 2017 sales numbers for the Kia Forte seem rather unusual.

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2018 Forte

2018 Forte

That is, the company sold 117,596 Fortes in the U.S. That is a 14 percent increase over the sales of the car in 2016.

Go figure.

Next week at the North American International Auto Show Kia will be revealing the third-generation, 2019 Forte.

2018 Stinger

Stinger

According to Kia, the new Forte takes design cues from the Kia Stinger, which is the sports sedan that is arguably the company’s flagship vehicle (yes, there is a K900 luxury sedan, but clearly the Stinger is the one that the company points to vis-à-vis what a contemporary Kia is).

KIA MOTORS RELEASES RENDERINGS OF ALL-NEW 2019 FORTE SEDAN AHEAD OF NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW WORLD DEBUT

The Forte’s cabin is swept back, as are the headlamps. There is more shape to the hood. The front clip has more character.

KIA MOTORS RELEASES RENDERINGS OF ALL-NEW 2019 FORTE SEDAN AHEAD OF NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW WORLD DEBUT

In the back there are new taillights that are connected by a horizontal strip.

That horizontal strip, incidentally, is a design cue picked up from the Kia Sportage.

A crossover.

2018 Sportage

Sportage