Kia’s K3 small car has been revealed wearing its 2016 clothes in its home market in Korea, giving Australian Kia fans their first look at the 2016 Cerato.
The updated Cerato is due to arrive in local showrooms during the first quarter of next year, and customers can expect few, if any, changes from the K3 seen here.
While the K3 unveiling has only revealed the new look for the sedan, the changes for the Cerato hatch will likely mirror those for the sedan.
Among those changes, is a new, more slender and oblong-shaped grille with slender headlights to match. The front styling closely follows the lead from the new Kia Optima.
Grille and headlight changes are complemented by a new front bumper, with slightly revised front fog-lamps.
Changes are limited on the inside, with the standout changes being a new design for the touchscreen infotainment system along with revised ventilation controls.
The steering wheel also gets a new design featuring a flat bottom edge, but the steering wheel-mounted controls appear unchanged.
The Cerato’s current range of engines is expected to carry over, although an improvement to fuel economy might be seen in some models.
Engine options consist of a 110kW/178Nm 1.8 litre and 129kW/209Nm 2.0 litre petrol units for the sedan, hatch and Koup.
The Koup Turbo - which now stands alone as the sole warm hatch following the deletion of the pro_cee’d GT in Australia - gets a 150kW/265Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged unit.
Watch for pricing and local specifications for the 2016 Kia Cerato to be confirmed soon.
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