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Updated Kia Forte5 Gets New Design and More Tech Features in Detroit

Kia’s Forte5 compact has received an update for MY 2017 at this year's Detroit Auto Show.
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The Korean hatchback received a design revision that made its headlights and its front grille larger, along with a different rear end and other styling tweaks. Some of these changes are inspired by the Optima. The cosmetic modifications don’t end here, Kia offering LED daytime running lights, chrome exhaust tips, new 16-inch alloy rims and a rear spoiler.

The sedan variant of the Kia Forte features modifications comparable to those of the hatchback variant, and these changes will trickle to the Forte Koup in the coming months.

The 2017 Kia Forte5 has a standard 2.0-liter gasoline direct injection engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Customers can opt for a second-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The newly introduced seven-speed dual-clutch unit is only available with the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine.

Kia will announce more details about these units and their capabilities when the Forte5 is closer to its launch date. Pricing information will be revealed at that time as well.

The hatchback is now available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and has borrowed some of the driver assistance systems of the Optima, such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection with lane change assist.

The Forte5 is still available in three trim levels for the US market: LX, EX, and SX. The first one comes with remote keyless entry, an uncommon feature for an entry-level car in the compact volume segment.

The interior of the Forte5 gets a technology infusion as well. The new UVO infotainment system has a seven-inch touchscreen and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car can receive smartphone apps and ensure a safe operation of smartphones while driving so that the user can listen to online radio, send texts, and set navigation destination with voice controls.

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