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It's the Kia Forte in America, but it is
known in Australia as the Kia Cerato.

Kia Cerato 5-door debuts

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8th February, 2013

  • Lower, longer and wider, the all-new Forte/Cerato 5-door combines European style with the practicality of a hatchback
  • 5-door is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013
  • Kia Motors America (KMA) chose the 2013 Chicago Motor Show, overnight, to reveal the all-new Forte (known as Cerato in Australia) 5-door hatchback.

    The all-new Forte (Cerato) 5-door SX’s eye-catching European-inspired hatchback design is complimented by an all-new 1.6-litre petrol direct-injected (GDI) turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 150kW and 264Nm, making the all-new Forte 5-door SX the most powerful Forte from KMA to date. The Forte (Cerato) 5-door is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

    “We received very positive feedback after the all-new Forte sedan made its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we expect the all-new Forte 5-door will build upon that success,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice-president of marketing & communications, KMA. “The combination of a useful hatchback for carrying cargo and the sportiness of the turbocharged SX trim make the all-new Forte 5-door a dual threat in the segment.”

    Presented in two trim levels, EX and SX, with two distinct engine choices, the Forte 5-door will offer customers Kia’s long list of premium amenities and features not normally found in the compact segment.

    Under the bonnet, the Forte (Cerato) 5-door packs a punch, with the EX’s 2.0-litre GDI four-cylinder engine putting out a healthy 129kW and 209Nm through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

    The performance-oriented SX comes standard with the hard-charging 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder, a first for the Forte (Cerato) line. The SX also offers buyers the chance to pick their own gears with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or they may opt for the 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

    Standard features and technology take value to new levels of sophistication

    Carrying on Kia’s reputation of offering tremendous value, the all-new Forte (Cerato) 5-door offers buyers an impressive array of technology and safety features.

    The base EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with rear camera display , Bluetooth®  wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer™, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.

    The SX trim ups the ante with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights.  Forte (Cerato) 5-door SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fibre-style accents. The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fibre-look trim pieces.

    Additionally, both EX and SX trim levels offer optional HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio™, sunroof, heated steering wheel, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated front seats and cooled driver’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rear-view mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.

    Stunning European design language

    Although from the Kia design studio in Seoul (overseen by Kia’s global chief of design, Peter Schreyer), the Forte (Cerato) 5-door’s sophisticated hatchback profile, large wheels and aggressive posture give it a distinctly European appearance that speaks to its performance intentions. The chiselled body commands attention and continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader in the industry.

    Like its Forte (Cerato) sedan counterpart, the Forte 5-door’s swept headlights stretch deep into the front mudguards and the raked windshield and broad 'shoulders' give the front-end a sleek, sporty appearance.

    LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia. Moving around the vehicle, the large 18-inch wheels fill the wheel wells on the SX, and the hatchback profile affords a performance-oriented European personality. Around back, the rear hatch glass opens to reveal 657 litres of usable cargo space. LED tail lights complete the premium feel of the exterior and a sporty rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte (Cerato) 5-door’s edgy demeanour.

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    Sporty cabin with premium features

    Inside, the Forte (Cerato) 5-door features quality materials and soft touch points. Large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges nestle deeply into the instrument cluster. Chrome accents around the HVAC controls and optional push-button start, along with carbon fibre-like textures on the dash and seats, add a sporty touch.

    A grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are further evidence of the Forte (Cerato) 5-door’s performance aspirations. Class-exclusive available features such as front and rear heated outboard seats, an air-cooled driver’s seat and driver-selectable electric steering further set the Forte (Cerato) 5-door apart from its competition.

    Thrilling driving experience

    The Forte (Cerato) 5-door SX is the most powerful Forte(Cerato) built by Kia to date, utilising a 1.6-litre GDI turbocharged four-cylinder that help improve performance. Power is seamlessly transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

    The GDI powerplant produces 150kW at 6,000 rpm and 264Nm of torque between 1,750-4,500 rpm. The advanced powertrain features double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing to help improve efficiency and performance.

    The Forte (Cerato) 5-door EX comes standard with a 2.0-litre GDI powerplant producing 129kW at 6,500 rpm and 209Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm. During durability testing, the engines are run 300 continuous hours at redline under full load then for an additional 20 hours at 10 per cent above redline under full load.

    To help further improve performance, the Forte (Cerato) 5-door features a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut set-up in front and a multilink rear design. The Forte (Cerato) 5-door rides on standard 205/55R-16 tyres while 225/40R-18 tyres are included with the SX trim for an even more sporting driving experience.

    Stay tuned to Next Car for specifications and Australian launch date information, in due course.

    NOTE: Details in this story relate to the Kia Forte for the U.S. market. Australian specifications may vary.



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