The 2013 Kia Cerato sedan has debuted for the first time outside of Korea, headlining Kia’s stand at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show.

Called the Kia Forte in the US, the Cerato sedan will reach Australia in April next year ahead of the five-door hatch that will follow around the middle of 2013.

The all-new two-door Kia Cerato Koup will complete the three-model line-up before the end of 2013, and the prospects for a turbocharged version to arrive either at launch or soon after appear good.

The new Cerato was designed in California and the car’s head designer, Kurt Hall, says it aims to follow in the footsteps of the Optima and new Soul to stand out and be noticed.

Kia claims the Cerato is not only longer (by 30mm), lower (15mm) and wider (5mm) than the previous model but its also makes use of 37 per cent more high-strength steel.

In North America the Cerato will be offered with 1.8- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. It’s likely that Australia will see only the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (115kW of power and 194Nm of torque) and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions carry over with improvements.

The so-far-unseen next-generation Cerato Koup will make use of the same engine, with the unconfirmed high-performance variant likely to feature the same 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engine as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Australian specifications of the 2013 Kia Cerato sedan are unconfirmed at this stage. The North American-market base model gets SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and heated side mirrors. Kia will also offer an optional ‘Eco package’ that will add stop-start engine technology to enhance fuel efficiency.

The higher-end Cerato models get Kia’s next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment system (unlikely to ever make it to Australia) with eServices, which allows owners to use their smartphones to control many features of the car. One of the interesting things you can do with eServices is set borders around certain locations via the car’s GPS, so if the vehicle enters a certain suburb, for example, it will alert the owner’s phone.

A technology package will offer HID headlights, LED tail-lights, a 4.2-inch color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone climate control with rear-seat ventilation.

More local information regarding the 2013 Kia Cerato will be released early next year.

  • Golfschwein

    Quite nice. Kia’s designers use less drugs than Hyundai’s, and they’re all the better for it.

    • Don Quay

      Drugs you reckon? That explains a lot. I was always under the impression that Hyundai think that if one swoopy curve is good then 50 is great. At least the Kia designer can draw a straight line. 

    • John

      Right, the classic calling-anyone-who’s-more-creative-than-you-a-druggie ploy…

      • Vansheesh

        And pity the joke isn’t any good either.

        • $29896495

          Unfortunately, as stated above Hyundai, don’t know when to stop. Or simply what good taste is. They need to go to some one outside the company and let them take it back a notch or two, before putting it into metal. 

          Have you ever noticed on their face lifts, they pull back on the excesses. Kia on the other hand manage to pretty much get it right first time. (This is of course since the new designs started appearing. 

          • Coin-op Launderer

            And that merits calling them druggies how?

          • $29896495

            I take it you aren’t referring to me, coin-op. I made no reference to drugs, but I can see where he’s coming from.

          • Coin-op Launderer

            I was referring to both you and Golfschwein, since you basically stepped in the either defend and/or explain the quip.

          • Norm

            Good grief dude lighten up!?!?

          • Belinda

            Funny that you should mention good taste, as that was what was sincerely lacking from the aforementioned joke.

          • $29896495

            Joke? You mean the drugs thing? I was just giving my opinion of their relative design skills. But you never know with such ideas as a three door car, or their over accentuated creases. Thing about a good design, it will hold it’s on own year in and year out, it may be recognised for the period it was done, but still look good. I doubt that will be the case with Hyundai.

        • youbadgesnob

          worse than a loving dad joke…

    • Norm

      Or more drugs…just sayin’.

      Hyundai’s lines have more to do with conservatism than radical or way out thinking. It’s a conservative’s view of modern ‘n groovy. i.e. – not.

      They all do it. Honda – Toyota – Subaru – Nissan will manage something relatively elegant and classy and then completely lose their minds next model round.

      Remember when Datsun followed the classic 1600 with the 180B?! 

      It’s an often repeated pattern. One thinks Hyundai’s better effort may still be flukes. 

      Shreyer and Co’s designs for Kia are no flukes.

  • O123

    Personally I prefer the Ceed to the Cerato. The interior of the ceed looks much better resolved. 

  • Kampfer

    Connection to Hyundai Elantra is very clear on this new Cerato, unlike other Hyundai/KIA. Personally I like Elantra more, usually I’d prefer KIA’s design over Hyundai but not this one. Google images for “Hyundai Elantra coupe” you’ll get the idea of how Cerato Koup will look like. PLEASE, PLEASE make 2.0L GDI turbo available even it’s a detune version.

    • Kampfer

      Too bad Elantra coupe is LHD only. If Hyundai can bring it here it’d well be the next Honda Prelude. Our P Platers in Australia crying out for a P Plate friendly budget coupe that look good and our choice is VERY limited…

      • matt

        next honda prelude rofl

      • Shak

        I dont think you remember why people actually bought the Prelude.

  • Noddy_of_Toyland

    Those tail lights are intense. Good news it is coming, the current Cerato feels a generation behind its competitors and its Hyundai sibling, which it effectively is.

  • Ted

    What will happen to Corolla sales when this is released.  I still cannot understand why there is a CVT in the corolla, and not a 5 or 6 speed and / or DSG (type) box !

  • Akash

    Looking much more elegant and upmarket, I love it. Well done Kia.

  • Martin

    Man Kia are pumping out some nice cars. The Cerato looks awesome!

  • Sup_dawg

    Looks…pretty good! Can’t wait till they chuck the velosters 150kw engine in and make a sports model.

  • Peter

    Hope they done something about the fuel economy- old model is terrible.

    • Adelaide_john

      I’m getting ave 8l / 100km in 6spd auto cerato, driving up and down SE Freeway (adelaide)and suburbs every day

      • Peter

         My ave is 9 to 11+ /100 with 6 speed auto my mates sv6 Commodore is better

        • Slade

          maybe your mate is a better ( I mean more frugal driver than you )

      • Golfmother

        I go up from the tollgate to tailem bend in 6th gear all the way , ave 6.8l , grunt .

        • Garrywhopper

          Grunt, and then what?

  • Union

    Still no Diesel!?!

    • matt

      made for  america   !?!

  • Able

    Kia Australia if you’re reading this, I’d MUCH prefer the Cee’d to the Cerato, even if that means having less engine. 

  • Antmindel

    Very good looking small sedan,well done Kia

  • Westie

    It must be quick. The speedo goes to 260km/h. Sheesh.
    (That’ll be sarcasm, in case anybody misses it.)
    Nice looking car, but.

    • Golfmother

      Thats a worry with steering issues to contend with , not  a problem wont get passed 180kmh.

  • $29896495

    What this story didn’t mention is that the US Cerato (Forte) comes with a more powerful engine than we get. By about 20KW. I’d have that motor over a turbo.

    • Sumpguard

         It also didn’t mention that fuel is around $3.50 per gallon in the USA and here it is well north of $6.00 so they get all the engine choices including the larger, more powerful and equally more thirsty versions. 

         Australians have become very fuel sensitive. Just ask Holden and Ford. 

  • Martin

    I see a passing resemblance to the Ford Focus in the rear, or is that just me? Love the design either way!

  • Albert Sellaman

    It looks great but the grill looks a bit cheap. I may buy one if they don’t cost too much. The new Corolla sports has lowered its price by $1,500 so I hope Kia do the same otherwise I’ll but a Corolla Sports sedan when they come out later in 2013.

  • Anthony

    Yep I think it looks quite good.  However having said that I am happy with my 2012 Cerato SLI Sedan, which on a 1800 klm round trip from North Coast NSW to Canberra and return last weekend, the fuel consumption varied between 6.4 to 6.2 lt/100 klm.  On a relatively new vehicle (2200 ks on the clock when we left) that I consider to be more than reasonable.  That is for those that want to listen to sensible driving.   

  • troufes

    how much will the new Cerato cost in Australia ???

    • $29896495

      You would think teens to low twenties

  • Garrywhopper