2022 Kia Forte Arrives with New Design and Array of Advanced Technology

Mississauga, CANADA

  • New front and rear design elements give Forte a more dynamic personality
  • Newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation displayi
  • Additional and enhanced Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)ii, including Forward Collision Avoidance Technology and new Highway Driving Assistiii
  • New GT-Line trim delivers sport-infused character and a wide array of content
  • Available Turbo GT delivers 201 horsepower on both compact sedan and hatchback with standard quick-shifting 7-Speed DCT

TORONTO, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 2022 Forte and Forte5 are arriving to Canada with a host of enhancements, including new front and rear design elements, a newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation displayi and an expanded suite of new and upgraded ADAS technologyii, including Lane Following Assist, Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assistiii and Safe Exit Warningiv.

“The Forte has continually evolved to meet customer’s needs in the compact segment and is one of Kia’s best-selling models,” said Elias El-Achhab, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada. “The design enhancements, coupled with increased safety and improved performance continue to deliver a truly fun-to-drive experience.”

The Forte and Forte5 are available in several trim options to satisfy any type of consumer need from every day efficiency to sport-inspired performance:

  • Forte Sedan: LX, EX, EX+. EX-Premium, GT-Line and GT Limited
  • Forte 5: EX, GT and GT-Limited

For those wanting a sport-infused version of the Forte, the GT-Line trim (new and exclusive to the Forte sedan) offers an exceptional combination of performance styling and premium features. The wide array of content includes unique 17-inch wheels, sport exterior design elements, LED fog lights, sport combination seats with SynTex/cloth, sport steering wheel, a 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen1 and Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assistii.                

At the top of the lineup, the Forte and Forte5 GT Limited brings a true performance experience with a turbo 4-cylinder engine. This 201 HP sports compact car is a standout in the segment for its balanced driving dynamics and boasts a standard 7-speed DCT.         

A More Dynamic Exterior

The exterior of the 2022 Forte incorporates a new design identity with enhanced styling elements in the front and rear. Updates include:

  • Sleeker, more expressive headlight designs
  • Next-generation tiger-nose grille
  • Revised front and rear bumpers to accentuate a wider, stronger image
  • LED fog lights seamlessly integrated into air-intake grille (GT, GT-Line only)
  • New 16-inch and 17-inch dark metal gray alloy wheel designs (EX, GT-Line only)
  • Sportier LED taillight across both vehicles and rear combination lamp design on GT-Line/GT on Forte sedan

High-Tech Interior

The 2022 Forte delivers on a modern cabin defined by a driver-centric, high-tech interior space. Key feature enhancements include:

  • A larger 4.2-inch colour TFT LCD cluster (standard on all trims)
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Autov is now standard through the 8-inch touchscreen display audio/infotainment system (standard on LX and EX)
  • 10.25-inch wide touchscreeni navigation/infotainment standard on GT-Line and GT
  • Available rear USB charger
  • Available Smart Key now features remote startvi
  • Available SynTex synthetic leather seating

In addition, the Forte continues to provide a comfortable and spacious five-seat cabin with up to 3,152 L of passenger and cargo volume for the Forte sedan and 3,459 L for Forte5.

Smooth and Sporty Performance

The Forte still offers two proven engines, allowing customers to choose between an enjoyable driving experience that is either smooth and efficient or deliberately sporty and responsive:

  • 2.0-liter MPI I-4 engine (Forte: LX, EX, EX+, EX Premium and GT-Line. Forte5: EX)
    • Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
    • 147 horsepower/132 lb.-ft. torque

  • Turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI I-4 engine (Forte: GT Limited. Forte5: GT, GT Limited)
    • 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT)
    • 201 horsepower/195 lb.-ft. torque
    • Multi-link rear suspension
    • Dual sport-tuned exhaust

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems

The 2022 Forte and Forte5 receives several enhancements to its suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)ii. New features to the Forte include:

  • Standard in Forte5, available on Sedan: Lane Following Assist (LFA): Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane
  • Available Highway Driving Assist (HDA)iii: When driving on a Highway the system helps to maintain the distance from the vehicle ahead and drive at a speed set by the driver while keeping the car centered in the lane; In some cases, the system also reads from the navigation system the speed limit information (if available) to automatically adjust the speed
  • Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
  • Available Safe Exit Warning (SEW)iv: Can alert the driver or passengers of certain potential hazards approaching from behind when exiting the vehicle

The following systemsii were upgraded over the previous model year:

  • Available Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is “seen” in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane
  • Standard in Forte5, available on Sedan: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-Ped): Assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or pedestrian is detected in front
  • Available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-Cyc): Assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist is detected in front
  • Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and may apply the brakes

Other DAS features include Driver Attention Warning (DAW)vii, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)ii.

Pricing ranges from $18,295 to $30,995 MSRP.

Forte Sedan:
LX Manual Transmission: $18,295
LX: $19,895
EX: $21,595
EX+: $23,195
EX Premium: $24,995
GT-Line: $26,795
GT Limited: $29,995

EX: $22,695
GT: $27,995
GT Limited: $30,995

For more information about the 2022 Forte, please visit Kia’s website here.

About Kia Canada
Kia Canada Inc., founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Kia Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. The company employs 170 people at its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as in locations across Canada and at its regional office in Montréal, Québec. Kia offers products and services that are innovative, dynamic, thoughtful and award-winning, through a network of 197 dealers across the country. The company's brand slogan – ‘Movement that inspires’ reflects Kia’s commitment to inspiring consumers through its products and services. To learn more, visit kia.ca or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Please contact Saul Lewis or Jennifer Szmilko for more information.

Saul Lewis
Strategic Objectives

Jennifer Szmilko
PR & Communications Manager
Kia Canada

i Distracted driving can result in a loss of vehicle control. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation.
ii These features are not substitutes for safe driving and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
iii When engaged, Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects around the vehicle, and only functions on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.
iv When engaged, Safe Exit Warning is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle. Always pay attention to traffic and to the area around your vehicle when exiting the vehicle.
v Apple® and CarPlay® are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. CarPlay® runs on your smartphone cellular data service. Normal data rates will apply. Android Auto™ vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto™ app on Google Play™ store and an Android™ compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android™, Android Auto™, and Google Play™ are trademarks of Google LLC or its affiliates.   
vi Do not use remote climate control or remote start if vehicle is in an enclosed area (e.g., closed garage) or a partially enclosed area without ventilation. Close all doors leading from adjacent living areas to the vehicle area before executing a remote climate control or remote start command.
vii Driver Attention Warning is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all instances of driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices. Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.

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