For starters, the Forte sedan now carries a smaller 1.6L engine with 122 hp and 156 Nm of torque. The interior might be a bit toned-down from what we saw previously, with no extra touches of silver or wood panels, but it still looks great. As for space, this sedan can easily accommodate five adults comfortably. Passengers are sure to enjoy the abundance of leg and head room in the front and back seats.
But the best part is, they've slashed the price to a more manageable P828,000. For that amount of money, you get a driver's side airbag, ABS, keyless entry with alarm, 1 DIN single-CD audio system with AUX connectivity, fog lamps, 15-inch rims, and black fabric seats. It’s only available with a six-speed automatic gearbox with Shiftronic feature, but it comes in four different shades: Temptation Red, Clear White, Aurora Black, and Bright Silver.
And for the main attraction, the athletic two-door Forte Koup is back with a lower P948,000 price tag. This sporty coupe is powered by a larger 2.0L Theta II block that churns out 154 hp and 194 Nm of torque. It comes with features such as cruise control, integrated audio with USB/AUX ports, dual airbags, and sexy 17-inch alloy wheels.
With a lower price, consistently great build quality, and a 5-year or 160,000km warranty, the Forte is now a lot more attractive. But if you want one, better run to your nearest Kia dealer today while supplies last. That's because while the Forte’s return temporarily fills the gap between the Rio and Optima in Kia's local line-up, our sources say that the all-new K3 is scheduled to hit our shores next year.