Mike Stevens | Jul 29, 2012

Unable to contain its enthusiasm for the next generation of its volume-selling small car, Kia has revealed the brand-new 2013 Cerato sedan just three days after dropping a handful of teaser images.

Technical details remain light, but it is known that the new Cerato is longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model, gaining an all-new bodyshell and a longer wheelbase - making it longer also than the new Hyundai i30.

The new Cerato brings a sleeker profile and the latest aesthetic touches featuring in the Kia line-up, including LED front and rear lighting and a chrome-trimmed belt line.

While the 2013 Cerato's styling reveals echoes of the new European-market Cee'd, it is clear that Kia's new small car represents another step in the brand's evolving design language.

In its home market of Korea, the new Cerato will be sold as the K3, entering beneath the existing K5 - sold in Australia as the Optima - and the overseas-market K7 (Cadenza) and new K9 (Quoris).

It's unclear which powertrains will feature in the new Cerato range, although it is likely that we can expect the new 110kW 1.8 litre 'Nu' petrol engine, and possibly the 94kW 1.6 litre CRDi diesel engine that drives the Hyundai i30.

Trasmissions should include manual and automatic transmissions, both packing six forward gears.

Kia has also released teasers for its sleek new Rondo people-mover. Click here for those.



The new Cerato will launch in Korea later this year, and should make its Australian debut in early 2013. Watch TMR for more details.

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