The cooler cousin

Kia shows how the i30 could have looked

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first at Kia, which only gets sec­ond go at the me­chan­i­cal pack­ages pro­duced by the twin Korean brands. Aus­tralian buy­ers also pick up the ben­e­fit of lo­cal sus­pen­sion tun­ing.

The new Cer­ato, re­vealed this week with the prom­ise of a longer and wider body, picks up the theme of Kia’s lat­est fam­ily face with an ag­gres­sive nose treat­ment.

It goes pub­lic at the Paris mo­tor show in Septem­ber and is expected to arrive in Aus­tralia about the mid­dle of 2013, first as a four-door sedan and then a five-door hatch.

Pric­ing is likely to be sim­i­lar to to­day, which means a sub-$20,000 start­ing sticker, al­though Kia says it’s far too early to talk de­tails.

‘‘You have seen our pol­icy on prices and value with each of our new mod­els,’’ Kia spokesman Kevin Hep­worth tells

There is also no firm news yet on the di­rec­tion for the twodoor Koup — which prom­ises lots more than it de­liv­ers to­day. The car is cur­rently based on the Cer­ato and Kia con­firms there is a two-door coupe in the line-up. Kia’s Rio is the cur­rent

Car of the Year with pric­ing from $15,290. The Cer­ato, how­ever, is the com­pany’s global sales leader — last year, Kia de­liv­ered more than 445,000 Cer­atos world­wide.

Im­ages of the new Cer­ato show few de­tails be­yond the ba­sic shape of the car, which is called K3 in Korea (there are also the K5, K7 and the slightly un­for­tu­nate K9) but there are some ob­vi­ous point­ers.

The new Cer­ato should have a roomier cabin and in­creased lug­gage space. The re­cent five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing for the Hyundai i30 points to a sim­i­lar per­for­mance for its Kia clone.

Eye candy: The 2013 Cer­ato puts a swoopy skin over the ba­sics of its Hyundai twin

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