The 2025 Kia K4 is a stylish compact sedan to replace the Forte

Kia K4

  • Kia has unveiled a new compact sedan called the K4.
  • The 2025 K4 is set to replace the Forte, and its name is in line with the mid-size K5.
  • Full details will be released at the New York Auto Show next week.

Following a shady set of teaser photos a week ago, Kia has revealed the design of the 2025 K4. The new compact sedan, which is set to replace the Forte, bears the new corporate design language that is spreading across the lineup. No technical details were released for the K4, which will have its full global premiere at the New York Auto Show next week on March 27.

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The new styling – which Kia has dubbed “Opposites United” – first appeared on the 2025 Carnival minivan and 2024 Sorento SUV, and has now transferred to a smaller vehicle without looking as odd. At the front, the K4 features T-shaped headlights that are joined by a thin rectangular grille and end in a sharp point above the front wheel arch. This point then leads to a distinctive crease that cuts upward to meet the sideview mirror, which is echoed by a similar line on the rear wheels that creates flat, wide bulges.

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The K4 also adopts a sloping fastback-style roofline similar to the mid-size K5 sedan, and has an unusual D-pillar where the chrome window trim ends abruptly in a triangular piece as it runs in a hard vertical line. . At the rear, L-shaped taillights extend across the width of the trunk.

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Inside, the K4 has a clean design, presented here in an interesting shade of green. A large display spans the dashboard, housing both the gauge cluster and infotainment. Below the screen is a long horizontal chrome trim piece that houses the climate control vents, and physical buttons for functions like “Home” and “Map” reside at the top and bottom. An old-school physical gear selector is still present.

We expect the K4 to offer the same powertrain as the outgoing Forte, available with either a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four. A hybrid model may be added to compete with the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and the upcoming Honda Civic Hybrid, and an electric version called the EV4 may also be added. More details are coming next week when the 2025 K4 will be formally unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

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