2018 Kia Cerato hatchback revealed – Kia Australia is expected to start the Cerato hatch to the end of the season and unlike the sedan, this is likely to include a GT variant.
The GT has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder with a dual-clutch transmission and a different rear suspension – precisely the very same specs as the Hyundai SR show from the Elantra and i30, and like the short circuit Australian-spec pro-cee’d GT.
2018 Kia Cerato hatchback revealed
The new Cerato range remains isolated from the styling and new positioning of this European-made Cee’d and pro_cee’d cars. The Cee’d — this month, thankfully, renamed Ceed with no apostrophe — has a different platform, suspension and drivetrain to the Cerato.
The Cerato hatch will also be constructed in Korea since Kia Australia spokesman Kevin Hepworth said it’s stopped importing the models from its Slovakian factory.
“There is no similarity to the Ceed and Cerato – they’re unique cars on various platforms,” he said.
Kia Australia will take the Cerato sedan — otherwise known as the Forte in other markets – as exhibited at the Detroit motor show in January, using a Korean build and carry-over drivetrain.
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But while Australia will discuss the human body and cottage with its Mexican-built counterpart opting for the US economy, it is going to overlook Kia’s ‘Innovative Variable Transmission’ (IVT) drivetrain that is exclusive for North American cars.
IVT is a modified constantly variable transmission (CVT) system manufactured by Kia and asserts to conquer a few CVT drawbacks like the elastic-band feel, search-engine revs and hesitancy.
Even though the North American economy will get a 2.0-litre engine & Atkinson cycle to reduce fuel consumption, the local-spec Cerato sedan will carry over the 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre motor and six-speed manual gearbox, together with the optional six-speed automatic transmission.
Kia Cerato Interior
The US-destined engine with IVT includes a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle test.
European markets may select from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, but neither will be provided in Australia.
The Cerato sedan will arrive in a larger bodyshell made of 54 percent advanced high-strength steel that’s 81.3mm more than the outgoing model, currently 4640mm for additional cabin and boot space.
The body can also be stiffer and an improved electrical power steering system is claimed to return more road feel to the driver.
Such as the Stinger, the new sedan’s layout extends the bonnet span and means the windscreen has been pushed back 127mm. With that, the new car is about 13mm higher at 1440mm to boost headroom and is wider by 18mm to give more passenger elbow room.
The cabin takes cues from the Stinger using a large 8.0-inch touchscreen, circular “turbine” air vents and a minimalistic switchgear layout.
Kia Australia is anticipated to loosely follow US gear amounts with – depending on final specifications and variant grade – LED headlights, connectivity with Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging and the capacity to read SMS texts aloud through Bluetooth, and a 320-Watt audio system from harman/kardon.
Safety kit can include automobile emergency braking (AEB) within Kia’s package of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, active cruise control and seven airbags.
Prices will be announced closer to start however Kia Australia is allegedly attempting to retain a $19,990 plus on-road costs entry-level grade complete with AEB.