When a car is introduced, it typically means we can expect to see a few key changes made down the road. Automakers call it a refresh, and it might take a few years for one to occur. When it does happen, the exterior will most likely receive a nip and tuck, and the interior may be spruced up with new trim material. Perhaps an additional engine option is introduced, and there may be a new wheel design thrown in as well. Kia has taken the idea of a refresh a step further, however, because the 2014 Kia Forte stretches the concept of a refresh by receiving a complete redesign after just three and a half years of existence.
It’s no surprise that Kia is a design-focused automaker. The man now in charge of its North American operations is designer Peter Schreyer, whom Automobile recently named its 2012 man of the year. Kia went further than simply improving the design of the Forte though, as the goals for this latest iteration of the compact sedan include adding class-above conveniences and features, and to improve driving dynamics and passenger comfort.