Kia to unveil new K3 compact sedan at Detroit auto show

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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.

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