The 2017 Kia Forte5, in LX, EX, and SX trims, comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an available second-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The SX gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine, which is now available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the 2017 Forte5 will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date in the first half of 2016.
The refreshed 2017 Forte sedan is now available in a new S trim that sits in between the entry-level LX trim and the top-trim EX model. The new S trim has a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler, and a chrome exhaust tip. All trims come standard with Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to change the driving experience based on their preference: Normal, Eco, or Sport. Available convenience features include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. Production at the Mexico facility is slated to begin in the first half of 2016.