The updated Forte has been showcased at the Detroit Auto Show a couple of months ago offering a brand new design on the outside as well as an updated powertrain. However, the car still did not receive a hybrid version which has been awaited for quite a long time. Luckily, it seems that they will be in fact releasing the 2017 Kia Forte Hybrid in the near future, most likely at the end of the year.
This has became clear after Kia released an LPG-fueled car with hybrid technology in Korea, car which is expected to arrive on the US market with minimal changes.
What’s new for 2017?
In terms of platform, the upcoming 2017 Kia Forte Hybrid will use the exact same platform that is also found on the ongoing model. However, because it will be a hybrid, the car will definitely get an updated running gear with different shocks and springs as well as better brakes in order to handle the added weight of its batteries and electric motor.
Design – Interior & Exterior
Design wise, the car is likely going to be nearly identical to the ongoing model in terms of design scheme. However, being a hybrid, we expect the car to feature new LED headlights that will help it preserve electricity, a more aerodynamic grille, 16 inch rims wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires and even a rear diffuser which will improve its aerodynamic coefficient and it will make the car quieter during highway speeds.
Modern Inside view
Inside the cabin, the hybrid Forte will boast the same interior that is found on the regular versions of the car. This means that the great-looking dashboard with the clean center stack, flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum inserts are all going to be found on the hybrid. On top of that, the infotainment center will be updated with a new screen while the instrument cluster will likely be changed to an LCD screen in order to provide the driver with all the information it needs.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2017 Kia Forte Hybrid is expected to use a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter inline 4 petrol engine which is going to be mated to a dual-clutch gearbox that will drive the front wheels only. Coming to its aid, a compact electric motor will likely be integrated into the gearbox and it will not only act as a dedicated electric motor, but also as a starter. This should improve efficiency quite a bit and it should also allow Kia to keep production costs down.
The car’s output is still unknown but rumors suggest that the Forte will offer up to 140 horsepower of combined power which is more than enough for a small family car.
At this point it is unclear if it will be able to travel on electricity alone but the electric motor will easily allow the car to get more than 30 MPG in the city and as much as 40 MPG on the highway. In order to take as much advantage as possible from its powertrain, the car will also receive a small battery-pack that will be used together with the regenerative braking feature which should make for a really interesting car at roughly $20,000.
2017 Kia Forte Hybrid Price
Just like with their other models, the powertrain of the Forte Hybrid will very likely come from Hyundai, company which already has a couple of hybrid cars out there that do just fine.
The price is still unknown at this point but considering that a base model of the Forte costs around $16,000, it is likely that the hybrid will cost close to $20,000 which would make it a really interesting choice for those looking to get a very good looking car that will use a little amount of fuel.