Kia Cerato (2018) Revealed in Detroit


Kia is showcasing an all-new Cerato sedan at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Take a look at the details!

There’s an all-new Kia Cerato sedan (known as the Forte in the US) on show in Detroit and the new model is destined for South African shores in the third quarter of 2018. The Cerato sedan competes with cars such as the popular Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic to name a few. Let’s take a quick look at some of the key design aspects of the new Cerato.

Key design details

The new Cerato's design should find favour with buyers looking for edgier styling from their compact sedan. 

For this latest iteration, Kia has spruced up the Cerato’s design, drawing inspiration from its acclaimed Stinger fastback sport sedan. The Cerato now exudes a more sophisticated design but most notably, it now features a swept-back as opposed to a cab-forward design, a change that makes the Cerato look more striking.

Creases in the bonnet add some visual muscle to the Cerato and Kia’s tiger nose grille has been reinterpreted for full effect and is accentuated with an aggressive lower valance. The front-end is further enhanced with dynamically-shaped headlights. The rear features separate reverse lights and indicator lights that are positioned beneath the taillight clusters which are joined by a horizontal strip, much like on the current Sportage.

A minimalist interior design with a reduced number of buttons and knobs will give the Cerato more upmarket appeal. 

The interior design adopts a horizontal theme to provide a sense of spaciousness. Buttons and knobs in the cabin are kept to a minimum and are placed below the 8-inch touchscreen which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless charging pad is also fitted to charge mobile devices. The new Cerato also benefits from a 320 W Harman Kardon premium sound system. The aeronautically-inspired circular air vents positioned on the dashboard are similar to those found in the Stinger.

The Cerato is equipped with blind spot collision warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance and smart cruise control. 

The new Cerato is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 110 kW and 179 Nm of torque. Kia will offer either a 6-speed manual transmission or a new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Fuel consumption is claimed at 6.7 L/100km.  

It seems Kia has created a great-looking sedan with this new Cerato. We will keep you updated as soon as local specification and pricing details become available. 

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