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2025 Kia K4 Preview Specs, Price, Photos, Release Date

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What To Expect

Kia is getting ready to replace the aging Forte with an all-new compact car called the K4. As its name implies, the new K4 will slot under the midsize K5 sedan and feature some similar styling elements. Here’s what we know about the 2025 Kia K4.

The upcoming 2025 Kia K4 will feature an aggressive, sporty design with angular headlights, a slim H-shaped grille, and a wide air intake on the bottom of the front bumper that’s flanked by triangular trim pieces. It’s a far sportier front-end design than the current Forte. At the back, the K4 features slim R-shaped taillights, a sloping rear roofline, and triangular trim pieces on the rear bumper. Compared to the Forte, the K4 is approximately two inches wider and three inches longer, which should result in more passenger space.

On the inside, the 2025 Kia K4 has a simple interior design with some premium touches. The sedan is available with dual displays that are integrated into a single panel, while the air vent spans nearly the full width of the dash. The K4 has a center console with minimal physical controls, a chunky four-pronged steering wheel, and a traditional gear shifter. Compared to the current Forte, the K4 has a more modern interior design.

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At the moment, we know that the 2025 Kia K4 will be available with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a five-inch climate display. The sedan comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We expect the K4 to be available with multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and navigation.

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2025 Kia K4 Engine & Specs

While the 2025 Kia K4 is an all-new vehicle that’s meant to replace the Forte, the K5 will share the same powertrains as the Forte. The base K4 will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The available K4 GT-line Turbo will come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 190 hp. This engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard.

2025 Kia K4 Safety

The 2025 Kia K4 will come with the automaker’s latest ADAS suite of advanced safety features. Standard safety features on the sedan should include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

Available safety features should include a haptic steering wheel, intersection assist, Kia’s Highway Driving Assist 2 system, and a surround-view camera.

2025 Kia K4 Price

Kia has not announced pricing for the 2025 K4 yet. We expect the sedan to cost more than the current Forte that’s on sale which ranges from $21,145 to $25,845.

Competitors in the segment include the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, Honda Civic, Volkswagen Jetta, and Toyota Corolla.

2025 Kia K4 Release Date

The 2025 Kia K4 is set to go on sale in the second half of 2024. More information on the compact sedan should become available within the next few months.

Please check back for updates on the K4 as they become available.

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