US: 2017 Kia Forte now packs a 2-liter Atkinson-cycle engine image

Expected to reach dealerships very soon, the 2017 model year Kia Forte comes with upgrades across the board, including the introduction of a more efficient engine and the addition of an upgraded automatic transmission.

For the 2017 model year, the Forte has gave up on the 1.8-liter four cylinder in favor of a new Atkinson cycle engine. This one has two liters and will deliver a total output of 147hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 pound-foot at 4,500 rpm. The former engine was up one horsepower and down one pound-foot of torque – but more importantly it has been developed for superior fuel economy. The new mill can be linked to the standard six speed manual or the updated six speed auto. Up on the options menu there’s also the 2.0-liter GDI with 164 ponies and 151 pound-foot, which is exclusively mated to the six speed auto gearbox. When the latter transmission is linked to the new Atkinson engine, the 2017 Kia Forte is able to return 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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The Forte, Kia’s offering in the compact segment, has three options on the menu, but the most interesting might be the middle-level S trim level which is prone to a little sporting. It has an upgraded suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED positioning lights, a chrome exhaust tip, as well as a rear spoiler. Kia hasn’t disclosed the pricing yet or even the details concerning the 2017 model year Forte5 hatchback or Forte Koup, but we expect those to arrive closer to the actual dealership launch.