The cooler cousin
Kia shows how the i30 could have looked
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