All-new Kia Cerato Hatch

Friday, 23 August 2013

Since its launch in 2010, the dominant member of the Cerato family has been the stylish five-door hatchback _ accounting for as much as 70 per cent of all Cerato sales in Australia.

Utilising the key design cues that have the small hatch such a popular model, head of design Peter Schreyer has given the new Cerato a brush with the magic styling wand that has made the Kia range one of the most desirable in the market.

Sporting a sleeker profile to support the futuristic and dynamic styling, the all-new Cerato hatch is longer, lower and wider than the current car, with an extended wheelbase. It features an all-new re-engineered bodyshell structure and will also boast improved quality, upgraded equipment with a host of additional convenience and safety features, a more spacious cabin with enhanced quality, improved refinement and an upgraded powertrain line-up that delivers outstanding fuel economy.

“The new Cerato sedan has been warmly welcomed by Australia’s small car shoppers and with the arrival of the hatch we are genuinely excited for the immediate future,” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow.

“That excitement will only be amplified with the arrival of the Koup _ the first Kia model in Australia to offer turbo boosted power.”

The all-new ‘look’ of the Cerato hatch was created at Kia’s Seoul design centre under the direction of Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.

Sculpted to portray ‘dynamic muscularity’ and provoke an emotional response, the new Cerato hatch takes its stylish European lines with wider, lower stance and distinctive eye-catching concave door contours to promote a no-nonsense aggression for the sportier at mind.

The addition of front and rear quarter glass panels enhances the car’s sense of spaciousness and improves visibility by eliminating blind spots – while also adding to the car’s premium image.

All-new Cerato hatch will be offered in three trim/equipment levels – S, Si and SLi providing buyers the broadest opportunity to tailor their new car to best suit their lifestyle and budget.

The driver-focused cockpit places all the major and minor controls within easy-to-operate reach, while the sweeping curve of the centre stack (from behind the instrument cluster around and down to the centre console) creates a voluminous feeling while combining state-of-the-art IT imagery.

The sweeping appearance is re-enforced by carbon-look trim on the vertical band each side of the stack that incorporates the adjustable air vents (Si and SLi models).

For enhanced elegance, soft-touch materials are applied to the upper front door trims, dashboard and door centre trim panels (Si and SLi models).

Si models add 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights (belt-line and exterior door handles) electric folding exterior mirrors, auto light control, adjustable rear seat air vents, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system with LCD display, push button start and smart key and a rear view reversing camera.

New Cerato colour for the cabin is black one-tone with upholstery in woven (S model), knit and tricot (Si) or leather (SLi).

All-new Cerato customers will be offered a choice of two gasoline engines – Kia’s 129 kW 2.0-litre Nu GDI engine and the 110kW 1.8-litre Nu MPI engine.

These lightweight engines, which feature cast aluminium cylinder blocks and aluminium cylinder heads, are both equipped with an offset crankshaft (to reduce friction), a low-noise timing chain, mechanical lash adjustment, variable intake and exhaust valve timing, and plastic variable intake manifold.

In combination, these features (together with the upgraded transmissions) enable new Cerato to deliver a highly competitive combination of increased power (up to 12.2%) with modest fuel consumption and low emissions.

Powered by the 2.0 litre Nu GDI engine, the new Cerato with a manual gearbox accelerates to 100 kph in 8.5 seconds or 9.3 seconds (automatic) and attains a top speed of 210 kph. Combined cycle fuel consumption for both the manual and automatic models is 7.4 l/100 km.

With1.8 litre Nu MPI engine, new Cerato has a top speed of 200 kph and reaches 100 kph in 10.1 seconds (11.6 seconds, automatic). For manual models, combined cycle fuel consumption is 6.6 l/100 km (and 7.1 l/100 km for automatic models).

Thanks to the new Cerato’s 50-litre fuel tank, owners should enjoy a typical range of 650 km between fill-ups.

Every all-new Cerato model will feature a six-speed transmission as Kia continues to upgrade the specification of its products to meet or surpass customers’ ever-rising expectations. Drivers are offered a choice of manual or multi-mode automatic gearboxes.

Kia’s new FlexSteer™ system is fitted standard across the range. It provides three different settings (or weights) for the steering to match customer preference with Normal, Sport and Comfort modes. The effort required to turn the wheel varies with mode, but the gearing (the number of turns lock-to-lock) remains the same. Comfort mode is ideal for city driving while Sport provides an additional feeling of stability at highway speeds.

For maximum stopping power, all new Cerato models are equipped with an all-disc braking system featuring large diameter (280 mm) ventilated front discs and 262 mm solid discs at the rear, backed up by ABS anti-lock, to achieve a stopping distance from 100 kph from as little as 42.3 metres.

The new Cerato sedan and hatch have continued to underscore Kia’s uncompromising commitment to safety with the news today that the Australasian New Car Assessment Program has awarded the maximum five stars to both models.

Pricing for the New Cerato starts at $19,990 and includes Kia's 5 year unlimited km warranty. 

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