Here’s What The Hybrid Successor Of The Forte Looks Like

The automotive world is excited as we’ve just captured a sneak peek of the 2025 Kia K4 in Southern California. In Kia’s sedan lineup, anticipation has been building, fueled by speculations about a possible name change for the beloved Forte. While earlier hints suggested a switch to the name K3 to align with Kia’s global naming convention, this recent sighting indicates a different story. Exclusive photos of the K4 in the wild showcase a sedan with striking aesthetics, boasting a sleek and coupe-like profile, complete with a fastback roofline reminiscent of the Hyundai-Kia sedan trend. A surprise comes in the form of a traditional trunk lid, even though the design hints at a liftgate. Additionally, the K4 flaunts concealed rear door handles cleverly integrated into the rear doors’ “kneepads,” enhancing its overall sporty vibe.



Under the hood, the K4 promises power, built upon the K3 platform, which also underpins the latest Elantra. People can expect hybrid powertrain options alongside the tried-and-true 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a CVT automatic transmission. The GT-Line model will likely continue to feature the 1.6-liter turbo four, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is bound to be a majorly fun release for Kia fans.

Images have been procured from Brain Williams, who spotted the K4 driving around in Southern California.

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Watch Out, World, The Kia K4 Is Closer Than You Think

  • Spy footage has been released of the brand-new Kia K4.
  • This model is rumored to replace the Kia Forte.

With the Kia K4 concept being spotted recently, there are indications that a new sedan from the company is coming. The K4 is set to join Kia’s upcoming lineup, which will boast hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs. The K4 was rumored to replace Forte, which appears to be true per these photos. After all, Kia is in the middle of a major rebrand, switching from a somewhat silly car brand to one worthy of global domination. The Forte has been a highly successful sedan for the Kia company, with the upcoming K4 predicted to blow even it out of the water.

Some specs you can expect from this sedan: it will be larger than the current Forte and feature sharp vertical and horizontal elements in the headlights and grille. Sharp body lines are visible through the camouflage, and it’s anticipated to have a sloping roof and C-pillar design similar to the K5 sedan. Although Kia is investing in electric vehicle design and technology, the K4 won’t likely be a fully electric release. A hybrid drivetrain is what you can expect from this sedan. The Kia EV3 and EV4 may also be worth checking out for those in the electric market.

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The All-New Kia K4 Will Share Some Similarities With The Existing Forte

  • The Kia K4 will share a platform with the K3.
  • You can also expect a 1.6-liter turbo four-paired engine configuration.

The upcoming K4 will share the same platform as the recently updated K3, also used for the latest Elantra. Like the Elantra, the successor to the Forte is expected to have a hybrid powertrain option in addition to its conventional engine choices. Most versions will likely stick with the current model’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission.

The GT-Line model, on the other hand, is expected to continue offering the 1.6-liter turbo four paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Like the Elantra, we anticipate the K4 will come with two different rear suspension setups. Mainstream models may have a torsion beam axle, while the GT-Line and a potential hybrid variant could feature an independent multi-link configuration. Again, this has not been 100 percent confirmed by Kia Motors, so we all will have to wait and see.

Physically, we can see the all-new K4 is bigger than Forte. It boasts a bit of a sportier, more luxurious look, which the Kia brand desperately needs. Kia must redefine how we see the company if it’s after a total market switch-up. The K4 could be the car to do this.

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The Kia K4 Could Hit Streets As Soon As Next Year

2024 Kia K4
Brian Williams

  • The K4 sedan is coming to markets by 2024 and possibly early 2025 for US shoppers.

The Kia K4 will likely hit roads by 2024 if all goes to plan. After all, Kia has confirmed this sedan is coming to market in the next year, with many guessing it could be much sooner than that. 2024 will be monumental for the Kia company, and with the Forte out and the K4 in, the brand is taking a risk.

This means that the next-generation model, whether Forte or K4, will likely be a 2025 model-year vehicle. Following Kia’s usual release pattern, it will probably debut in South Korea first, likely towards the middle of the next year, with a North American debut expected in late 2024 or early 2025 at the latest. We can’t wait!

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