Future Models - Kia 2016 Cerato
Detroit show: Extra Kia Cerato facelift revealed
Two faced: Kia's updated Cerato has been given a second styling option when dressed up in SX hatchback glad rags.
Second, more sporty looking Kia Cerato hatchback unveiled at Detroit
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12 January 2016
KIA has pulled the covers from its facelifted Cerato hatchback at the North
American International Auto Show revealing a second, sportier looking version,
alongside the four-door sedan that was revealed in South Korea in November last
While the sedan embraces a more conservative and milder update, the freshly
revealed hatchback is clearly targeting a different audience with larger
airvents, muscular front bumper, sharpened and more pronounced splitter, bigger
wheels and a red flash.
The South Korean car-maker is yet to officially confirm which versions of the
Cerato are destined for the Australian market, but it is understood that the
version recently revealed in Detroit is close to what will be offered Down
Like the sedan, the hatchback will come as standard with a 2.0-litre
four-cylinder engine but it is not known if the hatch will get a sportier
version compared with the four-door's more frugal focused Atkinson cycle engine
which replaces the previous 1.8-litre unit.
For American customers wanting extra punch, the SX hatchback will be offered
with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot and the option to pair it with a
seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox is
the standard offering.
In the United States market the hatch will also be available in entry-level LX
and mid-range EX levels of specification, although the Australian versions are
likely to retain their S, S Premium, Si and SLi variant names when the
facelifted Cerato arrives early 2016.
Along with its new look, the hatch introduces new technology for the popular
small car, with keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert
and lane-change assistance available optionally on any Cerato including the
The EX will bring the most significant updates to technology, with LED tail
lights, leather seats with heaters in the front row, keyless start, welcome
lights, while the UVO entertainment system has a 7.0-inch touchscreen and is
Apple CarPlay and Android compatible – although this may not be available for
The sportiest SX adds to the EX equipment with 18-inch wheels, the body
embellishments highlighting exhaust trims and the option of an interior Orange
Colour Pack, which brightens the cabin with orange leather seat inserts and
More details including power, performance and local specifications are expected
closer to the Australian launch.