The Kia have bigger plans in store outside of the traditional internal-combustion engine? China may hold some clues.is due for an overhaul soon, especially since its corporate cousin, the , will land later this year. Could
According to a report from Chinese website Autohome, Kia plans to reveal an electric version of the K3 locally this summer, which we know as the Forte here. The tiny electric Kia sedan should sport a driving range just over 300 miles, but that's on the super liberal and outdated New European Driving Range cycle. If the car were to land in the US, a range in the lower 200-mile area would be realistic on the EPA cycle. Reportedly, this car will use a 56.5 kilowatt-hour battery and make 181 horsepower.
A plug-in hybrid variant is also reportedly in the pipeline for China and it should share a lot of its running gear with the Niro we know well.
Kia told Roadshow it's not ready to share details on the US-market Forte at this time, so we'll just need to remain patient.
But, when it does arrive, it seems like a safe bet that we'll see some sort of hybrid technology applied. After all, the new Elantra will come with a, and of the group, it's shaping up to be the sportiest with a dual-clutch transmission rather than a CVT.
Even if we don't see an electric Forte, we're getting electric Kias. The company previously outlined its future strategy and said the first EV for the US will arrive in 2021. Beyond that, Kia has anotherand hopes to sell 500,000 EVs globally come 2026.