Kia shows off stylish new small car.
The South Korean carmaker has given a glimpse of its next-generation Cerato sedan – known as Forte in the US – via a series of renderings ahead of the car’s official debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show later in January, and before it makes its way down under later in the year.
Sporting heavily restyled looks inside and out, 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 hatchback version expected to be unveiled later this year.
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