New Cerato Koup raises Kia’s sporty appeal
Kia’s new second-generation Cerato Koup will hit Australian showrooms early next month, bringing with it the performance the car’s sleek looks have long promised.
The highly-anticipated Koup’s 1.6-litre GDi twin-scroll Turbo features the first forced induction petrol engine for Kia Motors Australia.
Since the Koup’s first generation launch the car has been praised as having the look of a genuine sports coupe, Kia Motors Australia’s chief operating officer Tony Barlow, said.
‘‘There had also always been the question mark over whether the performance of the Koup matched its exciting looks. The arrival of the new 1.6-litre Turbo with 150kW makes that question redundant,’’ Mr Barlow said.
‘‘It brings with it a new sense of excitement and freshness to a brand already being driven by award-winning design, bestpractice engineering and safety and leading-edge customer service and benefits,’’ Mr Barlow said.
The introduction of the new Koup follows the launch earlier this year of the all-new thirdgeneration Cerato sedan and fivedoor hatchback, which continue to be Kia’s most successful models for worldwide sales.
The triumvirate of Cerato models has achieved more than 2.5 million global sales since its introduction in 2004, including 385 000 units in 2012 when these models accounted for almost 17 per cent of Kia’s total annual sales.
Now, the new version of the compact, sporty Cerato Koup features a sleeker profile with futuristic and dynamic styling, plus a more luxurious image. It is longer and wider than the current car, with a significantly extended wheelbase.
Beneath its distinctive exterior, new Koup incorporates all the improved engineering first developed for the Cerato sedan, with an all-new bodyshell structure, improved quality, upgraded equipment with a host of additional convenience and safety features, a more spacious cabin with enhanced quality, greater refinement and an upgraded powertrain line-up (ranging from 129kW to 150kW) that delivers outstanding performance and competitive fuel economy.
For a full rundown on the New Cerato Koup, call into Thompson Kia, Benalla road Shepparton. Or call Gary on 58222666.
In Australia the all-new Cerato Koup will be classified in the sports segment