The Kia Forte was completely redesigned for 2019 (the Forte5 hatchback followed in 2020) and the 2022 model year will likely see a mid-cycle update. A name change could also be in store.
Of course, Kia still hasn’t made an official announcement in Canada or the U.S. (the company is pretty tight-lipped about future products), but its compact car has just been revealed with a number of tweaks and modifications in South Korea, where it’s called K3 in four-door configuration and K3 GT in five-door trim.
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Much the same way the Optima midsize sedan became the all-new K5, the Kia Forte could be rebranded pretty soon, even though we’re not talking about a new generation.
Pictures of the refreshed Kia K3 show various similarities with the K5, most notably the front grille and headlights, the latter sporting a new LED signature and a zigzag-shaped accent emulating the larger sedan.
Kia’s new logo can be found at both ends of the car. Revised air intakes adorn the lower front bumper, while the taillights have a fresh look. We expect some new body colours and wheel designs to be part of the mix, too.
Inside, the biggest change is the available 10.25-inch displays for the instruments and infotainment system. In the current Forte, those are limited to 4.2 and 8 inches, respectively.
The engines are carried over, namely a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque, and a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft.
Keep following The Car Guide in the next few months as we’ll surely have more details about the upcoming 2022 Kia Forte/K3.