Kia Forte teased ahead of its Detroit debut

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Kia today released sketches of its all-new 2019 Forte compact auto, showing off a design reminiscent of the notable Stinger sedan and moving far away from the Forte's previously budget-boxy style.

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Teaser shots released by Kia on Thursday for the 2019 Forte hint at a sportier, more aggressive look for the third-generation model. Sporting Kia's new tiger nose grille design and aggressive lower fascia work, the vehicle is paying significant homage to the new Stinger GT. The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout.

Known in the USA as the Forte, the third-generation sedan is more of an evolution than revolution in terms of design, but looks to become more aggressive and move further upmarket than the current vehicle. The automaker also irons out the sheet metal for a more muscular and sophisticated look; just take a look at the difference between the new renderings and the current 2018 Kia Forte model.

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Upfront we see swept-back headlights a more sculpted "tiger nose" grille that draws inspiration from Kia's Stinger flagship.

Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights. With a "less is more approach", Kia thought best to make a clutter-free cabin by using clean horizontal lines and installing less buttons for in-car systems. It has a minimalist vibe as well: besides the dials at the base of the display and climate control rotary controllers, we can't spot any other buttons.

All will be revealed at the Detroit show, which officially opens its doors to the public on January 15. Some spoke-style air vents complete the decor, similar to those on the Stinger.