2018 Kia Cerato render Photo: Supplied
2018 Kia Cerato render Photo: Supplied
2018 Kia Cerato render Photo: Supplied
Alex Rae | Jan, 11 2018 | 0 Comments

Kia’s latest Cerato sedan is due to launch locally this year and has been unveiled in a series of renderings released of the North American Kia Forte which will debut at the Detroit motor show next week.

The small sedan has been heavily restyled inside and out and the new sleeker-looking model will present a more refined and premium offering compared to the out-going second-generation.

Its new face features a more aggressive front bumper below Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille and sharper-looking LED headlights while a creased bonnet design matches the chiselled front and leads to “sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan” according to Kia.

At the rear, the swept design joins a contemporary rear-end with updated LED taillights above separate reverse and indicator lights and a thin horizontal chrome strip inspired from the Kia Sportage.

Inside sees a significant upgrade over the current model and its new design focuses on de-cluttering and simplifying the in-cabin experience. 

Media and console buttons have been consolidated into a central tablet-style display that’s similar to the new Hyundai i30 unit and the climate control is constrained to just two rotary dials below it.

The dashboard features upper leather trim that flows onto the door panels and a new steering wheel design sits above push-to-start ignition and circular “aeronautically inspired” air vents that also take influence from Kia’s fastback sports sedan.

The new Cerato will be fully-detailed on January 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the South Korean brand’s hatchback version expected to be unveiled later this year.

Join TMR for all of the latest news from the Detroit motor show next week where we will report live as the details unfold.

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