The US-market version of the 2016 Kia Cerato hatch and sedan has surfaced at this week’s Detroit auto show, ahead of the Australian model’s debut in the coming months.
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Today’s debut in the US - where the Cerato is known as the Forte - follows the December debut of the sedan body in South Korea, where it is sold with K3 badges.


As with that Korean version, the Forte/Cerato’s styling update brings a slender wraparound look to the headlights, which now also feature slim new integrated LED daytime lights.

A longer and more upright grille is also now featured, replacing the upswept butterfly-like design worn with the current outgoing model.


The new face is matched to a more muscular bonnet look and a re-styled bumper, with the ‘SX’ turbocharged sports variant of the US-market hatch also getting a red GTI-inspired highlight band through the centre of the lower grille.

As that earlier unveiling in Korea revealed, the 2016 Cerato also picks up a flat-bottomed steering wheel design in the cabin.


Australian details for the revised Cerato range won’t be revealed until closer to its late second-quarter launch.

Don't expect to see the American market's 150kW 1.6-litre turbocharged variant join the range, however. That option, although not strictly ruled out, is not in any current plans.