Blue 2021 Kia Forte

What’s New for the 2022 Kia Forte?

2022 Kia Forte Design Update Predictions and Speculations 

The ever-changing faces of Kia vehicles never fail to impress and the brand’s lineup here in New Port Richey, FL, is only getting better. The 2022 Kia model year is already offering enthusiasts a lot to talk about with just two vehicles on the market and a handful of confirmed model updates. The brand’s staple compact sedan, the Kia Forte, is set to get a revamp for the 2022 model year – and even maybe a new name.  

The Korean-market Kia Forte variant, known as the K3, has been revealed with an attractive new look that we think could carry over to the U.S. version. Will the Kia Forte follow in the footsteps of the Kia Optima and take on a new alphanumeric name? See what’s new for the 2022 Kia Forte in this design update predictions and speculations guide from Friendly Kia.  

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2022 Kia Forte K3 Update Predictions 

It seems likely that the Kia Forte will follow the path its K5 and Carnival siblings have taken and will take on the Korean-market name for the upcoming 2022 model year and rename itself the Kia K3. If we take a look at the refreshed 2022 Kia K3 from the Korean market, the updated design is similar to what we are seeing in updated U.S. variants.  

The 2022 Kia K3 is of course bringing in the brand’s new logo along with new headlights and an updated wheel design. A larger infotainment system and a fully digital gauge cluster can be found inside the Kia K3. These updated to the Kia K3 are similar to the revamped updates we’ve found in other U.S. Kia models, like the K5 and Carnival, which is why our team is confident that the Forte will follow in line with these Korean-spec updates.  

In regard to performance upgrades for the 2022 Kia Forte/K3, we don’t expect there to be much of an update to the U.S. model. We don’t think that it is likely that Kia will offer a hybrid variant of the compact Kia Forte at this point in time and we don’t expect any new engine options to be brought into the mix.  

Interior view of 2021 Kia Forte
Blue 2021 Kia Forte

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With updates to the Korean Kia K3 being released, enthusiasts in the U.S. have been wondering what’s new for the U.S. 2022 Kia Forte. In this guide, our team is covering the updates to the Kia K3 and what predictions we have for the 2022 Forte. Stay tuned to the Friendly Kia blog for more 2022 model year updates and additional Kia information.