As this really is an important update, I’ll let those in the know do the talking:
Kia’s most successful model, the Cerato has achieved more than 2.5 million global sales since its introduction in 2004, including 445,000 units in 2011 when the second-generation model accounted for almost 18% of Kia’s total worldwide sales.
Now, an all-new version of the Cerato sedan is being released in Australia and will be followed by a five-door hatchback later in the year.
Sporting a sleeker profile with futuristic and dynamic styling, the all-new Cerato sedan 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 class-leading fuel economy.
“Cerato is now Kia’s biggest-selling export model, so the introduction of its third-generation is hugely significant for the brand,” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow.
The original Kia Cerato focused on quality and price, and recorded global sales of 1.23 million units. The second-generation vehicle introduced in 2008, majored on design, quality and value. It has achieved more than 1.21 million sales around the world so far.
“We are raising our game once again with the all-new Cerato, which adds emotional appeal to its established core values of design, quality and value,” Mr Barlow said. “This all-new model will boost our competitiveness in the small passenger car segment, the largest and most competitive segment in our market. Second generation Cerato finished 2012 as one of the best, major manufacturer performers in its segment in terms of year to date sales, with close to 40% growth compared to 2011.”
While creating the all-new Cerato, Kia’s designers and engineers have listened closely to customer feedback. The resulting new car is a bold demonstration of Kia’s determination to deliver models, which exceed customer expectations and provide a rewarding long-term ownership experience for Kia buyers.
“We are confident that the all-new Cerato with its transformed appearance, broad range of new features, improved powertrains, refinement and fuel economy, will attract both existing and new customers to Kia showrooms in increasing numbers,” Mr Barlow concluded.
Kia Motors’ global Executive Vice-President and COO, Thomas Oh, said: “When both body styles of new Cerato are on sale, we anticipate sales growth to increase achieving annual global sales for this model approaching 500,000 units, to claim a 3.3% share of the global C1 Segment.”
The result of 42 months design, engineering and development work and an investment of more than 300 billion Korean Won ($256 million), the third-generation Cerato models will be manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung facility in Korea.
All-new Cerato is created to appeal to current Cerato owners and to the increasing numbers of customers down-sizing their cars who still desire a spacious and generously equipped vehicle.
New ‘dynamic muscularity’ brings emotional appeal
The all-new ‘look’ of the third-generation Cerato was created at Kia’s American Design Centre in Irvine, California. The design team was directed by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer and headed by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Motors America.
Sculpted to portray ‘dynamic muscularity’ and provoke an emotional response, the sleeker new Cerato has cab-forward styling, a lower coupe-like roofline, distinctive eye-catching concave door contours and a rising beltline with a chrome window moulding extending into the C-pillar to project an aura of elegance.
Moving the A-pillar forwards and the C-pillar backwards allows the addition of front and rear quarter glass panels which enhance the car’s sense of spaciousness and improve visibility by eliminating blind spots – while also adding to the car’s premium image.
The Kia badge is moved from the grille to the panel in front of the shortened bonnet. At the rear, the trunk lid is shaped to reduce aerodynamic drag and the rear combination lamps smooth the airflow while also reinforcing the Cerato’s wide stance.
Compared with its second-generation predecessor, new Cerato is 30 mm longer (4560 mm), 25 mm lower (1435 mm) and 5 mm wider (1780 mm). The wheelbase has been extended by 50 mm (to 2700 mm) and is now the same as Kia’s Sorento SUV. The wheelbase of the second-generation Cerato was 40 mm greater than the original model, so over time Kia’s compact car has become a significantly larger and much more accommodating model.
New Cerato’s front and rear overhangs have been reduced, by 15 mm and 5 mm respectively, to give the newcomer a truly sporty appearance. Despite the shorter rear overhang, trunk capacity is increased by 6 litres to 421 litres (SAE).
New Cerato’s external size and proportions, together with careful attention to surface detailing and airflow-smoothing panels beneath the car, have cut the sedan’s aerodynamic drag to Cd 0.27 (down from 0.29) and lowered the car’s aerodynamic lift – which is Cl 0.11 compared with 0.16 for the second-generation model.
The new Cerato sedan is manufactured in a range of 10 exterior colours. Standard factory finishes for new Cerato include Clear White and Abyss Blue (standard), plus Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, Bright Silver, Glittering Metal, Golden Beat, Temptation Red, Planet Blue and Sandstone (premium).
Extra space, extra quality and new high-tech features
All-new Cerato 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.
Although new Cerato is lower, its ability to provide generous accommodation for people and cargo has been enhanced. Because the cabin floor is lower and the seat ‘hip-points’ have been dropped (by 26 mm front and 20 mm rear), passengers will find increased front headroom and legroom, while shoulder room is improved by 9 mm (front) and 5 mm (rear).
Driver comfort has been enhanced by fitting an organ-type accelerator pedal which more closely follows the natural movement of the user’s foot, while the steering wheel features ’tilt & telescopic’ adjustment over a 40 mm range.
Both front seat occupants will enjoy the wider seat cushions (now 322 mm) and increased cushion angle (up from 15.2 to 16.2 degrees) with the front raised to increase thigh support. The heating and ventilation system has been upgraded to deliver more heating capacity and greater cooling power.
The interior design of new Cerato concentrates on sportiness and adopts nature’s ebbs and flows as a motif.
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.
For enhanced elegance, soft-touch materials are applied to the upper front door trims, dashboard, door armrests, door centre trim panels and the centre console.
Depending on model, the Cerato driver will be faced by one of two different types of instrument cluster – each based on two large, chrome-edged, dials and a bridging centre information panel layout.
The dot-matrix LCD cluster (standard on S and Si) offers a broad range of information through its centre panel display. While buyers of the SLi can experience the TFT colour LCD cluster. This features a new and more ergonomically designed GUI (graphics user interface) with a 4.2-inch centre screen and high-intensity white lighting.
Even the ‘entry-level’ S model is generously equipped with projection-style headlamps and escort lighting, electric front & rear windows, keyless entry with burglar alarm, cruise control, power steering, trip computer with external temperature display, a USB / iPod compatible radio/CD player with six speakers and Bluetooth hands-free and front corner and rear parking sensors.
Si models add 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights (belt-line, exterior door handle and exhaust pipe), 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.
The range topping SLi models gain 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim seats with front heated seats and a 8-way powered plus lumbar support and ventilated driver’s seat, LED daytime running lights and HID headlamps, LED rear light clusters and high-level brake light, paddle shifters on the AT model, dual-zone climate control with automatic windscreen de-fogging and Clean Air, powered glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, TFT LCD cluster display and a cooling glove box.
The Si and SLi models with Smart Key include the Smart Welcome system which unfolds the door mirrors and switches on the puddle lamps and pocket lights (in the door handles) for 15 seconds when the driver approaches. It also turns on the front and rear exterior positioning lights and the cabin’s interior lamps (for 30 seconds).
Seven storage areas are provided within the Cerato’s cabin. The size of the glove box is increased by 30% to 8-litres, each front door pocket holds a 700 ml bottle, while the rear door pockets can accept a 500 ml bottle. Along the car’s centreline, there is a sunglasses holder, covered 2-litre console multi-box (ahead of the gear lever), twin cup holders (behind the gear lever and also on the rear centre armrest) and 5.6-litre centre console box between the front seats.
New Cerato colour way for the cabin is black one-tone with upholstery in woven (S model), knit and tricot (Si) or leather (SLi).
Quieter, smoother running, with improved NVH
True comfort when travelling by road is not just dependent on a car’s interior space and convenience features – it can be enhanced or undermined by the level of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). Consequently, Kia’s engineers worked hard to ensure that the third-generation Cerato would deliver even better refinement than the previous model.
The stiffer bodyshell and new vibration-damping front subframe mountings are an excellent foundation for minimising NVH. Additional measures taken to reduce NVH even further include lining the engine bay bulkhead with a new, three-layer, HMP3 noise-lowering pad, fitting new dual-frequency engine mounts and applying a new 700 g/m2 EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) sound insulating coating to the cabin floor.
Further measures see the rear parcel shelf and cargo bay side trims incorporate a thinsulator filling, while the rear wheel arches are covered with sound insulation material and a breathable film is adopted within the cabin headliner.
In addition the front side chassis members, A-pillar and side sills are filled with an acoustic deadening foam. There is also a dynamic damper fitted to the shorter of the front driveshafts.
The NVH improvement program has achieved a significant effect. Idle vibrations through the steering wheel and cabin floor have been reduced by 2 dB, while idle noise level in the cabin is down 1 dB to 38 dB and noise during acceleration is cut by 1 or 2 dB – depending on model. Interior noise during a 110 kph cruise is cut to 65 dB.
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% on GDI models) 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.
With 1.8 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.
Six-speed gearboxes for every new Cerato
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.
To reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions when cruising at speed, both the six-speed transmissions feature high top-gear ratios (as high as 0.633:1 manual and 0.772:1 automatic). Low first-gear ratios (as low as 3.615:1 manual and 4.400:1 automatic) will ensure a responsive drive away from standstill, enabling drivers to fully enjoy the new Cerato’s performance.
The latest generation Cerato’s new manual gearbox features a smoother shifting performance, enhanced efficiency (reducing fuel consumption), and greater durability. Improvements include multi-cone key-and-ball type synchronizers, quieter running optimised gear teeth, a new reverse gear selection ‘button’, hydraulic clutch control and low viscosity oil – ensuring that the transmission does not require any servicing for the life of the vehicle.
Kia’s automatic in new Cerato is the world’s most compact six-speed transmission and can boost fuel economy by up to 12% – compared with a regular-sized conventional automatic. The new automatic delivers faster acceleration from low speeds and greater refinement at high speeds. The transmission has such compact dimensions, with a flat-type torque converter and an enclosed-type differential, that it is especially suitable for use in front-wheel drive cars.
This transmission features two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’. The selector gate is a straight P-R-N-D arrangement, with Sport mode engaged by moving the lever towards the driver when in D mode.
For city driving, fully automatic mode is ideal, while ‘Sport’ mode allows for clutch-less sequential manual gear changes – up or down, one ratio at a time – for greater driver involvement. The Cerato SLi automatic comes standard with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.
Improved ride quality, handling agility and steering ‘feel’
While the specification of the new Cerato’s fully independent front suspension – by MacPherson struts – and CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) rear suspension is unchanged, both systems have been fine-tuned to improve agility, enhance shock absorbance and deliver greater refinement.
As with all Australian Kia’s the local product team has invested hundreds of hours and thousands of kilometres in optimising the ride and handling characteristics to meet Australian drivers’ demanding expectations.
Key to the improved ride and handling capabilities of the new Cerato are gas-filled dampers front and rear, delivering supple ride comfort and high-speed stability.
At the front, the suspension is mounted on an all-new, stronger subframe. The wide ‘L’-shaped lower arms feature larger diameter suspension bushes, the steering rack is moved forwards by 15 mm (closer to the axle line) and the suspension’s geometry is modified to deliver improved on-centre steering feel. The 4.22 degrees castor angle of the previous model is retained to ensure the optimum level of self-centering.
The CTBA rear suspension is a particularly compact design, which ensures minimum intrusion into cabin and trunk space, and also maximises under-floor space to accommodate the 50-litre fuel tank, 421-litre trunk (SAE) and full-size spare wheel.
For the new Cerato, the steering wheel features ’tilt & telescopic’ adjustment up/down and in/out over a 40 mm range, and the gearing requires 2.96 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock. The turning circle (with the 50 mm longer wheelbase) is still compact, measuring 10.6 metres.
To ensure responsive steering ‘feel’ and precise vehicle control, every new Cerato comes with Kia’s MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) system. Electric power assistance, rather than hydraulic assistance, delivers a significant (up to 3%) fuel saving.
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.
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.
High strength steel is foundation for high safety standards
Kia Motors invests heavily in R&D to maximize occupant protection and makes the safety of people using its products and other road users a top priority.
The second-generation Cerato was awarded a 4-Star safety rating by the Australia’s NCAP, with a ‘good’ rating by the US IIHS.
By 2012, the official crash test standards around the world have been made even tougher and Kia engineers have re-engineered both the new Cerato’s structure and its safety equipment to ensure that the third-generation model will also deliver the highest safety standards in its class, with improved front, side and rear impact protection. The expectation for the new Cerato is a maximum 5-star rating.
Now incorporating a much higher percentage (63%) of high-tensile strength steel _ more than many competitor’s cars _ the bodyshell structure features new engine bay bulkhead bracing linked to two new longitudinal chassis members each side of the central tunnel. New gussets provide extra connections between the B-Pillar and roof rail, while 60 kgf steel is used for the anti-intrusion door beams and 150 kgf ultra high-tensile strength steel for the B-pillars.
Hot stamping is used to manufacture the B-pillars. This method heats steel to 900º C, then rapidly cools the steel, while simultaneously pressing it into immensely strong components with greatly enhanced crashworthiness – without adding weight.
The new Cerato’s structure also benefits from additional cross members linking the front suspension towers, rear suspension mounting points at floor level and under the rear parcel shelf.
Torsional rigidity of the new bodyshell is increased by 37% (over the previous model), bringing the added benefits of improving refinement and creating a stronger foundation for the suspension and steering – in turn enhancing ride comfort and steering precision.
New ‘crash boxes’ are fitted to the longitudinal engine bay side members, reducing low-speed impact damage and the rear chassis side members are strengthened – minimizing distortion and reducing repair costs.
An additional benefit of the CTBA rear suspension layout is that its robust structure provides the under-seat fuel tank with added protection during a rear impact.
Active safety technologies that new Cerato buyers can expect include ESC (electronic stability control), HAC (hill-start assist control), which prevents slip-back during stop-start driving on inclines, and VSM (vehicle stability management) that works with the ESC to provide ‘corrective’ steering inputs to help the driver avoid loss of control, especially on asymmetric (wet and dry) road surfaces, front corner and rear parking sensors and HID (high intensity discharge) Xenon headlamps in the SLi model.
The all new Cerato comes standard with six airbags including dual front airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags offering head protection to both front seat and rear seat occupants.
Kia Cerato S
- 1.8L Nu MPI engine (110kW / 178Nm)
- 6 speed M/T or A/T
- 16″ steel wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size spare
- ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with TCS/ABS/EBD/BA
- VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) with HAC
- ESS (Emergency Stop Signal)
- Seatbelt reminders on all positions
- MDPS with FlexSteerTM (3 settings: Comfort/Normal/Sport)
- Front corner & rear parking sensors
- Front fog lamps
- 6 SRS airbags (front / front side / curtain)
- Keyless entry with folding key set
- Projection headlamps with escort function
- Cloth seats
- 6-way driver’s seat adjustment (height adjust – pumping device)
- Front centre console armrest (with storage box & bin) & front twin cup holders
- Split fold rear seats (60:40)
- Rear centre armrest with twin cup holders
- Chrome family-look grille
- Body coloured bumpers, door handles & outside door mirrors
- Electric outside door mirrors (heated) with side indicators
- Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
- Dot-matrix type LCD instrument cluster with multi-function trip computer
- Power windows (front & rear) with driver’s auto down
- Floor console storage with sliding cover
- MP3 compatible CD player with AM/FM tuner
- 6 speakers (front door, rear door & front tweeters)
- AUX/USB input with iPod® compatibility (on selected iPod® models)
- Bluetooth® functionality (phone/media stream)
- Steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth® controls
- Glass antenna
- Manual air-conditioning
Kia Cerato Si (S trim +)
- 2.0L GDI engine
- 16″ alloy wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size alloy spare
- Rear view camera with in-audio screen display & parking guidelines
- Dusk-sensing automatic headlamps
- Smart key with push button start & welcome lights (puddle/pocket)
- Electric folding outside door mirrors with automatic folding function
- Front centre console armrest sliding function
- Chrome accented highlights (waist-line & door handles)
- Chrome tip rear muffler
- UV cut glass (windscreen)
- Aero-blade type front wipers
- Premium steering wheel & shift knob
- Artificial leather wrapped instrument cluster
- Front power windows auto up & down with safety function
- Premium interior trim
(carbon-fibre look fascia / chrome look interior door handles / soft-touch door trim)
- Sunvisor illumination
- Seat back pocket (passenger side)
- 4.3″ full touch colour LCD audio screen
- Rear air vent
Kia Cerato SLi (Si trim +)
- 17″ alloy wheels (215/45 R17) with full-size alloy spare
- Electrochromic rear view mirror (auto dimming)
- LED daytime running lights (DRL)
- HID type front headlamps
- LED rear combination lamps
- Leather trim seats
- 8-way power driver’s seat plus lumbar support
- IMS driver’s seat with 2 seating position memory & easy access function
- Powered sunroof (slide & tilt)
- Paddle shifters (A/T only)
- Colour TFT Supervision instrument cluster
- Alloy sports pedals
- Cooling glovebox
- Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
- Clean Air module
- Auto defog system
- Ventilated driver’s seat
- Front seat warmers
+ Optional Satellite Navigation (from April production)
- 7″ full touch colour LCD screen
- Satellite Navigation multimedia system with traffic information (SUNATM)
- DVD Player (video playback only functional while stationary)
- Shark fin type GPS antenna
All-new Kia Cerato
Body and chassis
Four-door, five- seater sedan, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of transversely mounted gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
|2.0-litre 129 kW|
|Type||Nu, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC|
|Capacity||1,999 cc (2.0-litres)|
|Bore x stroke||81.0 x 97.0 mm|
|Power||129 kW @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||209 Nm @ 4,700 rpm|
|Fuelling||Gasoline Direct Injection, 16 valves|
|1.8-litre 110 kW|
|Type||Nu, MPI, four-cylinder, DOHC|
|Capacity||1,797 cc (1.8-litres)|
|Bore x stroke||81.0 x 87.2 mm|
|Power||110 kW @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||178 Nm @ 4,700 rpm|
|Fuelling||Multi-point injection, 16 valves|
|Transmissions||Si & SLi||S|
|2.0 (129)||1.8 (110)|
|2.0 MT / AT||1.8 MT / AT|
|1||3.308 / 4.212||3.615 / 4.400|
|2||1.962 / 2.637||1.962 / 2.726|
|3||1.257 / 1.800||1.294 / 1.834|
|4||0.976 / 1.386||1.024 / 1.392|
|5||0.778 / 1.000||0.860 / 1.000|
|6||0.633 / 0.772||0.756 / 0.774|
|Reverse||3.583 / 3.385||3.583 / 3.440|
|Final Drive||4.333 / 3.064||4.188 / 3.270|
|Suspension and damping|
|Front||Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.|
|Rear||CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle), with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.|
Technical specifications / All-new Kia Cerato
|Type||MDPS electric power steering|
|Steering ratio||14.5: 2|
|Wheel turns||2.96 lock-to-lock|
|Turning circle||10.6 metres|
|Power||Single 10.0-inch booster|
|Front||280 x 23 mm ventilated discs|
|Rear||262 x 10 mm solid discs|
|100-to-0 kph||42.3 metre (with ABS)|
|Wheels and tyres|
|SLi||17 x 7.0 inch alloy||215/45 R17|
|Si||16 x 6.5 inch alloy||205/55 R16|
|S||16 x 6.5 inch steel||205/55 R16|
|Spare||full-size steel or alloy wheel|
|Overall length||4,560||Overall width||1,780 (excluding door mirrors)|
|Front track||1,553 to 1,557 (depending on wheel/tyre combination)|
|Rear track||1,566 to 1,570 (depending on wheel/tyre combination)|
|Front overhang||880||Rear overhang||980|
|Ground clearance||140||Aerodynamics||0.27 Cd|
|Fuel tank||50.0||Luggage||421 (SAE) / 482 (VDA)|
|Weights||2.0 MT / AT||1.8 MT / AT|
|Kerb weight (kg)||1,296 / 1,319||1,287 / 1,304|
|Maximum (kg)||1,770 / 1,790||1,750 / 1,770|
|Top speed (kph)||210 / 210||205 / 202|
|0-to-100 kph (sec)||8.5 / 9.0||9.3 / 10.2|
|Fuel Consumption and Emissions*|
|Litres / 100 km||7.4 / 7.4||6.6 / 7.1|
|CO2 (g/km)||176 / 177||158 / 169|
*combined cycle tests
1.8L MPI Petrol
2.0L GDi Petrol
* Optional navigation system on SLi model is available from April ’13 production.
# Premium paint at additional $520