For those who want the Kia Optima’s looks but not its size, the wait is almost over. The redesigned 2013 Kia Forte compact is just around the corner (shown above).
Debuting in South Korea first, the new Forte — known there as the K3 — will arrive in the U.S. in the beginning of 2013, says the automaker.
Besides the sleek new looks, the 2013 Forte rides on a new platform and will use a revised engine lineup, according to Kia. The current Forte is based off the last-generation Hyundai Elantra platform; the new model will ride lower and be longer and wider, and it will have a longer wheelbase, according to Kia. The carmaker also expects class-leading fuel economy. We’d expect the Elantra’s more fuel-efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder to migrate to the model, which delivers 29/40 mpg city/highway in the Hyundai.
Nothing is known about features on the Kia beyond LED taillamps, LED front accent lighting and a chrome-finished beltline. Stay tuned for more information.