Due for release early next year, the new Cerato will be the first Kia released in Australia to wear to the 'new face of Kia' - designed by Kia's global chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, who joined the manufacturer in 2006 from Volkswagen Group.
Schreyer says design is the number one influence on a new car purchase.
Yes, its looks are clearly derived from the Honda Accord Euro (to these eyes), but let's be honest: Kia has taken a proven recipe and done a very nice job with the Cerato.
Powered by a new, more efficient 2.0-litre engine with Kia's Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), Kia says the Cerato offers class-leading power and torque with the power and responsiveness of a 2.2-litre engine without the fuel consumption of larger engines.
The new Cerato is both longer and wider than the current Cerato sedan - a common enough evolutionary path for most cars - the longer wheelbase allows for a more spacious interior with room for five occupants and a larger boot capacity.