The Korean sedan and hatchback KIA Cerato underwent an update at home in April this year, and in early May, a planned restyling of this model for the Australian market was announced. The day before, the first official photos of such a car appeared on the Web. So far, however, only in the “top” version of the Cerato Hatch GT.
Judging from the images, the design of the updated Cerato for the “Green Continent” will repeat the appearance of its counterpart for the South Korean market, which is sold there under the name K3. The car will get a new brand logo and a tapered radiator grille with a dotted pattern that smoothly flows into the daytime running lights.
The turn signals have moved from the bumper to the headlights, and the stern has got a new bumper and other stuffing in the headlights. The GT version features red accents and badges.
The cabin has a new multimedia system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display. In the basic configuration, the model retained an 8-inch touchscreen, but got a color display in the “tidy” and air ducts for rear passengers. The Cerato GT version offers a sunroof. The Australian model does not have a digital instrument panel, unlike the K3 in Korea.
The technical “stuffing” of the car remained practically unchanged. In Australia, the Cerato hatchback and sedan are equipped with a 2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 152 horsepower. For the GT version, a 1.6-liter “supercharged” unit with 204 hp is offered. But the list of transmissions turned out to be a little different than it was before. 2-liter versions of Cerato have lost the manual transmission, retaining only the “automatic”. A 7-band “robot” is still available for the turbo engine.