• Two new performance trim levels offered
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 201 horsepower
  • Available next year
  • Current 2019 Forte pricing ranges from $17,790 to $21,990


Kia introduced a new performance version of its compact sedan in the form of the 2020 Kia Forte GT at the Specialty Equipment Market Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas. The new model will be offered in GT Line and GT and will join the current FE, LXs, S and EX trims.

“Whether you want a practical commuter or performance compact sedan, there’s now a Forte that appeals to several types of car shoppers. The Forte is already one of our top sellers, and we believe adding more diversity to the model line will appeal to a broader range of consumers,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Planning and Telematics, for Kia.

The new 2020 GT starts with the GT Line, which is more of a cosmetic treatment featuring a gloss black grille with red accents, gloss black outside mirrors, sport side sills and a decklid spoiler. Inside, there are alloy sport pedals, a flat bottom steering wheel, sport cloth seats with extra side bolstering and white contrast stitching. GT Line models are equipped with the Forte’s standard 147-horsepower normally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

GT upgrades

Stepping up to the GT model, buyers will get the GT Line looks with the added benefit of a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The engine, which drives the front wheels, can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.  GT models have an aggressively tuned dual exhaust, two-tone 18-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Summer tires, LED headlights, red contrast stitching and keyless entry with push button start.

GT models are also equipped with a fully independent front and rear suspension, paired with larger front disc brakes and sway bars, deliver better handling and cornering, improved ride quality, and enhanced stability and steering.

GT1 and GT2 packages offered

Both GT1 and GT2 packages improve the Forte’s interior environment with LED overhead lighting and power sunroof, a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium eight-speaker audio, wireless charging, 4.2-inch center LCD screen and dual-zone full automatic air conditioning. Forte GTs with the GT2 package are further differentiated with heated and ventilated Sofino GT sport seating and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Kia Forte GT launch next year. Current Kia Forte pricing ranges from $17,690 for the entry level FE up to $21,990 for the EX.

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