10 Sep

2020 Kia Forte GTLine prioritizes thrift over shifts in Chicago

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt won’t win any stoplight sprints, but it looks like it could. Andrew Krok/Roadshow It’s hard out there for a Kia fan who wants to look fast without being fast. If you wanted the sportiest-looking Forte on offer, you’d have to opt for the 201-horsepower Forte GT. If you wanted that look without the hustle, though, you were out of luck — until the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.Kia unveiled the 2020 Forte GT-Line on Thursday here in Chicago. Think of it as the middle ground between outright performance and the standard ol’ Forte. That should also place it between the two in terms of price, but it doesn’t go on sale for a little while, and Kia hasn’t made that information immediately available.The GT-Line trim is fast in appearance only. There’s a gloss black grille up front, and red accents scattered about the exterior. The gloss-black getup also extends to the mirrors, rear spoiler and side sills. Kia also threw in a set of LED daytime running lights and 17-inch wheels that are exclusive to the GT-Line. More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line focuses on the bark, not the bite Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Post a comment 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line debuts at Chicago Auto Show with racy accents Review • 2019 Kia Forte Review More about 2019 Kia Forte Tags 0 reading • 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line prioritizes thrift over shifts in Chicago 1:32 See All Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 19 Photos Now playing: Watch this: • Preview • 2019 Kia Forte: Stinger style and more tech Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Inside, things are a bit milder. The GT-Line borrows the flat-bottom steering wheel from the GT, including the little GT badge at the bottom, and it wears white contrast stitching. There’s also a set of alloy sport pedals, in addition to some sporty cloth seats with a GT-Line logo stitched in.Under the hood, it’s all base Forte, baby. Its 2.0-liter I4 gas engine has an output of 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. While that might be light on power, it helps the regular Forte achieve over 35 miles per gallon highway, so the GT-Line shouldn’t be too far off from that, either. A continuously variable transmission is the only box on offer. Some people are after the bark but don’t necessarily need the bite, and this is the trim for them. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Sedans Chicago Auto Show 2019 Kia Chicago Auto Show 2019 Kialast_img

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