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2017 Kia Forte Adds 2.0L Base Model

June 30, 2016

Photo of 2017 Forte EX courtesy of Kia.
Photo of 2017 Forte EX courtesy of Kia.

Kia's Forte compact car will add a new base model for the 2017 model year that's powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder and updated 6-speed transmission, Kia has announced.

The new 2.0L Forte replaces the outgoing 1.8L inline-four engine in the base Forte. The 2.0L Atkinson inline-four makes 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a manual transmission. Kia is pairing the optional 6-speed automatic with a 2.0L GDI inline-four that makes 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Forte will arrive in three trims, including LX, EX and the new S sporty trim that will be priced between LX and EX.

The EX trim adds new standard features such as UVO3 telematics displayed on a 7-inch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, push-button start with Smart Key, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone temperature control.

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