Update: Kia Cerato Hatch Review.
It was all the way back in March that we saw spy photos of the new Kia Cerato Hatch but it wasn’t until today that the Korean company unveiled its latest Cerato variant at the Sydney Motorshow.
The Kia Cerato is an important model for the brand, given it has quickly become its best seller globally. Lat year it managed to find 304,295 owners and that was with just the 4-door and 2-door Koup variants. So far this year over 225,000 Ceratos have been sold and with the introduction of the 5-door Hatchback, it’s sure to beat 2009′s record and increase to 1.2 million units by 2012.
“The latest Cerato is designed to appeal especially to those consumers with young families who prefer a 5-door hatchback for its style and enhanced practicality. The availability of this third body style for our small passenger segment category will enable Kia dealers to meet the needs of a broader range of customers. This derivative will boost total Cerato sales to an even higher level across all Australian states.” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow.
As with the Kia Sportage and the upcoming Optima, Kia Australia says it has worked extensively to tune the new Cerato for Australian conditions. That means unique setup of the model’s suspension for better ride and handling.
It makes use of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Theta II engine that outputs 115kW and 194Nm of torque. That leads to a 0-100km/h time of 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h.
Despite the overall change in shape, the Kia Cerato 5-door still measures the same as its sedan brother when it comes to width, height and wheelbase. Nonetheless it has had its rear overhang shrank by a 190mm meaning it measures a little smaller than before (4,340 mm long). It has a cargo volume of 385 litres (VDA).
The new Kia Cerato 5-door will officially launch next week with CarAdvice invited to the local launch (check back Friday next week for a review).
In addition to the new body shape Kia will also add new styling elements as well as equipment and technical improvements (transmission changes, better fuel economy) to the 2011 Kia Cerato sedan and 2-door Koup variants starting from January next year.
Kia Cerato 5-Door Hatchback RRP list:
Kia Cerato Technical Specifications:
2011 Kia Cerato 5-door Hatchback
Body & Chassis
Suspension & Damping
Wheels & Tyres
Interior Front Rear
Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)*