UPDATE, 24 March 2021: The 2021 Kia Cerato facelift has been spied free of camouflage, ahead of its imminent reveal within the next seven days.
Photos published on Autospy show off the updated small car's front end in full, confirming it will mate a pair of sharper LED headlights (with new daytime-running light signatures) with a slimmer grille.
The design of the lower air intakes is similar to that predicted by independent renderings in recent weeks (including one from KKS Studio in our original story below).
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the 2021 Kia Cerato's reveal in the coming hours and days.
Our original story continues below.
17 March 2021: The 2021 Kia Cerato will be treated to a facelift within the next two weeks, with an Australian launch pencilled in for May 2021.
During the brand's recent 2021 CEO Investor Day event for company shareholders, Kia Motors CEO Ho-Sung Song confirmed the updated Cerato will launch in its home market in the first quarter of 2021 – in other words, by the end of March 2021, suggesting a global unveiling for the model is imminent.
An Australian launch has been locked in for May 2021, with the facelifted small car to be Kia's first vehicle in Australia to wear its new corporate logo.
Above: A rendering of how the 2021 Kia Cerato could look, created by KKS Studio.
Spied testing in South Korea in recent months – with the images throughout this story published by The Korean Car Blog – updates to the Cerato hatch and sedan will be led by revised exterior styling, with a restyled front bumper with a slimmer grille and new LED daytime-running light signatures.
There will also be a selection of new alloy wheel designs, plus tweaked rear bumper and tail-light designs.
Inside, a larger 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen (up from 8.0 inches) and 7.0-inch instrument display are expected to feature, as per the small Kia's platform-mate, the facelifted Hyundai i30 hatch.
Under the bonnet, the updated small car will likely benefit from a revised line-up of 'SmartStream' petrol engines, expected to deliver identical power and torque outputs but reduced fuel consumption.
The current model offers a choice of 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder or 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engines, paired to six-speed manual/automatic, and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions respectively.
It's possible the facelifted 2.0-litre Cerato will trade the outgoing car's six-speed automatic for a CVT transmission, as per the recently-updated Hyundai Kona small SUV.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the 2021 Kia Cerato facelift's full debut and Australian launch over the next two months.