The Kia Forte returns to the Philippine market

Will the compact-sedan segment experience a comeback?
by Drei Laurel | Apr 4, 2019
PHOTO: Elaine Lara

Remember the Kia Forte? It was the Korean car manufacturer’s compact offering a few years back, before the nameplate faded into obscurity and was eventually discontinued in the Philippines.

It was a shame seeing the Forte go. We even went so far as to call it one of the most underrated vehicles in the local market a couple of years ago thanks to its stylish looks, decent interior, competent powertrain, and excellent maneuverability.

Like we said, it was a shame. We guess Kia Philippines—the revamped one, now under the management of the Ayala Corporation—seems to think so, too, because the company has brought the Forte back for another shot at taking on the likes of the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3.

Yes, the Forte is back. It was launched alongside the Stinger at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show earlier today. The unit displayed at MIAS, a white GT variant, flaunts sportier looks and a much more muscular stance compared to the generation we last had available in the Philippines.

Some of the all-new Forte’s eye-catching design bits include red accents on the car’s intricate, gloss-black tiger-nose grille, sleek swept-back headlights, dual tailpipes, and a very professional-looking rear end with a unified taillight. Inside, the GT unit features red stitching on the seats, the shift knob, and the flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s a floating infotainment screen, round A/C vents, and a sporty overall vibe, too. It’s definitely a looker inside and out.

No word on official engine specs, or exactly when this offering will become available, but MIAS sales agents did provide us with the vehicle’s prices and variants. Check them out below:

2019 Kia Forte:

  1. 2019 Kia Forte 1.6 LX AT – P1,095,000
  2. 2019 Kia Forte 1.6 EX AT – P1,195,000
  3. 2019 Kia Forte 1.6 GT AT – P1,650,000

Expect more information to surface soon. Are you happy to see the Forte back here in the Philippines, too?

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PHOTO: Elaine Lara
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