The North American International Auto Show in Detroit hosted the global debut of the all-new third-generation 2018 Kia Cerato.
Offering a number of improvements including higher comfort levels, increased fuel efficiency and advanced driver assistance technologies, the new Cerato aims to make the driving experience more rewarding.
The Cerato has received a number of enhancements both inside and out. This begins with a restyle which included new hood creases for a muscular appearance, a new tiger nose grille and black lower valance. Kia tells us the Cerato’s styling cues draw inspiration from the new Stinger fastback.
An increase of 81.3mm in length to 4640.6mm gives passengers a fraction more legroom and a tad more boot space. Headroom has increased with the overall height now measuring 1440.2mm which is up by 12.7mm. An extra 17.8mm of width now brings the Cerato to 1798.3mm.
Internally there is an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, spoked circular vents, wireless charging tray, 320-watt premium sound system and increased soft-touch points. Seats have increased lumbar support and incorporated denser seat foam.
On the safety side, Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) brings Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
For the US market at least, a glimpse under the hood reveals a second-generation 2.0-litre Nu four-cylinder engine benefitting from Atkinson Cycle technology as well as a cooled EGR system. The US Cerato will be offered with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (CVT), a first for a Kia.
Full Australian specifications and pricing will be released closer to the local launch of the all-new Cerato.
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