The all-new Kia Forte was just revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. While the new version is a marked step ahead of today’s, it is still a compact sedan that isn’t necessarily going to turn heads. That said, Kia may up the Forte with a “more exciting” version.
This nugget of information is coming by way of Motor Trend, who spoke with a Kia product manager on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show. These sideline discussions often yield some of the best information, so it comes as little surprise that the vehicle for the news is somewhat unofficial.
“We’re not done with Forte, so we have more exciting products,” stated the Kia employee. He went on to imply that the company may be working on a hatchback similar to the Kia Stinger GT layout. This makes a lot of sense given Kia recently showed the Proceed Concept, which was basically a hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
The Proceed was a stunning design, but did not have a powertrain underneath its sexy sheetmetal. At the time Kia executives said it was a proposed design for a future product to fit within the Cee’d lineup of global small cars, which happens to be related to the Forte. It was said the Proceed was to preview a performance variant, despite the lack of a powertrain.
Kia has a few viable powertrain options should it choose to roll out a hotter Forte. There’s the 201 horsepower 1.6-liter in the Veloster Turbo or even the 275 horsepower turbo 2.0-liter finding its way into the new Veloster N. Both engines could make for a sweet hot-hatch setup for the new Forte.