Kia to unveil new K3 compact sedan at Detroit auto show


Kia today released sketches of its all-new 2019 Forte compact auto, showing off a design reminiscent of the notable Stinger sedan and moving far away from the Forte's previously budget-boxy style. The 2019 Forte will now feature a more muscular appearance with styling cues borrowed from the Kia Stinger. But the most significant change is the switch from the predecessor model's cab-forward design to a swept-back one. The rear shows a similar wide, low design for the bumper and deep sculpting.

As for the interior, it goes for a horizontal design with clean lines and as few buttons as possible. Meanwhile, the tiger-nose grill and tapered headlights features a more prominent finish.

Known in the U.S. as the Forte, the third-generation sedan is more of an evolution than revolution in terms of design, but looks to become more aggressive and move further upmarket than the current auto.

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The new Cerato also scores a sportier new steering wheel, along with circular air vents inspired by aeronautical components at each end of the dash, again inspired by the Stinger. The latest-generation Elantra lost its coupe version but got powertrain upgrades and a new, more powerful Sport model.

Kia has released official sketches of the all-new Kia K3 and it looks rather stunning, even after our auto tone down mechanism kicked in, as it must for sketches.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.