Kia has detailed the technologies coming to its 2022 Forte compact sedan – including a newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display, and an expanded suite of new and upgraded ADAS.
The new Forte is available in four trim levels – FE, LXS, GT-Line and GT. Package offerings are available across the range, including LXS Technology, GT-Line Technology, and GT Technology packages. Each one comes with a unique combination of tech and ADAS systems.
For example, across all trims, a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD instrument cluster comes as standard. However, the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is exclusive to the FE and LXS trims. This touchscreen receives an optional size increase on the GT and GT-Line trims, measuring 10.25 inches wide, and includes free updates to Kia’s Mapcare app. Both GT Trims include Kia’s upgraded Smart Key system, which now includes the ability to remotely start the vehicle. Other available infotainment features include a center console with a new Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Auto Hold, as well as a rear USB charger.
The enhancements made to the 2022 Forte extend to its suite of Kia Drive Wise ADAS. Across all vehicle trims, six ADAS features come as standard, with a further nine features available.
The 2022 Forte’s Lane Following Assist, which is standard on all trims, follows and detects lane markings on the road. It then provides the user with steering inputs to help them maintain their position in the center of the lane.
Available features include the Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and Safe Exit Warning (SEW). The HDA leverages federal highway speed limit information from the Forte’s navigation system to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed, under certain conditions, in order to correspond with the posted limit. It works in a similar way to help the user maintain their distance from the vehicle in front of them.
Kia’s new vehicle is also equipped with two new cruise control systems: Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C) & Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Zone (NSCC-Z). NSCC-C utilizes the navigation system to proactively lower the vehicle speed ahead of an oncoming curve, while NSCC-Z adapts to changing speed limits on the highway.
In addition to the new ADAS delivered with the 2022 Forte, Kia confirmed that several systems had been upgraded over the previous model year vehicle. In addition to available systems, such as the Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist and Forward-Collision Avoidance, the standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist has also received an upgrade.
Other standard ADAS features include Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Lane Keep Assist (LKA).