Ahead of the global debut of the North American International Auto Show where it will make its global debut, the first official images of the all-new Kia Forte sedan have been released. While the third-generation had a sporty and youthful image, the fourth generation shows a more sophisticated appearance, with sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan.

What is most noticeable is that the Forte has evolved from a cab-forward design to one that is decidedly swept-back. Creases in the bonnet create a muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front end. And as to be expected, there’s yet another approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive lower valance enhance its road presence. The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout.

At the back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights. Similar to the Sportage SUV, a sleek horizontal strip connects the taillights, lending visual width.

Inside, a horizontal theme creates a sense of openness, avoiding clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below a large screen. Aeronautically-inspired spoked circular vents similar to those found in the Stinger adorn the dash. As with many new models these days, the display screen in the middle of the dashboard is in the form of a vertical tablet-like panel.

We’ll bring you more details when they become available.

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