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4th November, 2013

Kia’s second generation Cerato Koup is now arriving locally bringing with it the performance the car’s sleek looks have long promised.

The Koup’s 1.6-litre GDi twin-scroll Turbo, the first forced induction petrol engine for Kia Motors Australia, underscores Kia’s determination to keep the customer satisfied.

“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 that while the needs of customers who felt they did not need the extra urge of a Turbo would be well served by the 129kW naturally aspirated 2.0-litre GDi option, the value of the Koup Turbo could not be overestimated.

“It brings with it a new sense of excitement and freshness to a brand already being driven by award-winning design, best-practice engineering and safety and leading-edge customer service and benefits,” Mr Barlow said.

“And this is just the start. With the Koup Turbo filling the classic Grand Tourer role, next year will see the arrival of a focused performance line in the pro_cee’d GT.”

The introduction of the new Koup follows the launch earlier this year of the all-new third-generation Cerato sedan and five-door hatchback, which continue to be Kia’s most successful models for global sales.

The 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% of Kia’s total annual sales.

Now, the 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 former model, 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.

“The three-model Cerato family has become our brand’s biggest-selling export model, so the introduction of the exciting second-generation Koup is hugely significant for Kia,” commented Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Vice-President of Overseas Marketing.

“We are raising our product standards to the next level with the all-new Cerato Koup, which adds emotional appeal to its established core values of design, quality and value,” added Mr Lee. “This all-new model will boost our competitiveness in the compact sporty coupe segment – known as the C-segment in many countries – which is one of the world’s most important and most competitive marketplaces.”

In Australia the all-new Cerato Koup will be classified, for statistical purposes, in the sports segment of the market.

While making the all-new Cerato family of cars, Kia’s designers and engineers have listened closely to customer feedback. The resulting trio of new cars is a bold demonstration of Kia’s determination to deliver models which exceed customer expectations and provide a rewarding long-term ownership experience.

“Although economic uncertainties continue in many markets, our research points to rising demand (up by between 6.1% and 40.2%) for C-segment coupes in North America, China, South America, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.”

“We are confident that the new Cerato Koup with its transformed appearance, broad range of new features, improved powertrains, performance and refinement, will attract both existing and new customers to Kia showrooms.”

“When all three bodystyles of new Cerato family are on sale, we anticipate achieving annual global sales for this model (in 2014) approaching 500,000 units, including more than 120,000 sales in General Market countries(**), to claim a 3.3% share of the global C1 Segment,” concluded Mr Lee.

Note: ** General Market - For Kia’s global marketing programme, General Market countries include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

Third-generation Cerato models are manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung facility in Korea.


Now with a bolder but more sophisticated design, the all-new ‘look’ of the new-generation Cerato Koup was inspired by European coupes and styled at Kia’s American Design Centre in California. The design team was directed by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer and headed by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Motors America. Except for the bonnet and front mudguards, every exterior panel on the new Koup is unique to this model.

Like other Cerato versions, Koup is sculpted to portray ‘dynamic muscularity’ and provoke an emotional response. The sleeker cab-forward styling, rising beltline, swooping C-pillar and distinctive eye-catching concave door contours project an aura of sporty luxury.

At the front, Koup’s stance is bold and athletic. The slimmer front grille and deeper, wider, lower air intake, together with the voluminous bumper design and protruding ‘lips’ below the round fog lamps, give this model a distinctive face. The Kia badge is moved from the grille to the panel in front of the shortened bonnet. High performance (Turbo models) feature a dark chrome front grille, carbon-look bumper garnish and front fog lamps with added LEDs.

The profile of new Koup is enhanced by the adoption of frameless doors, flush side glazing and alloy wheels in either 17-inch (Si) or 18-inch (Turbo). The Cerato Turbo models have black-high-gloss door mirrors, door handles (with chrome inserts) and added body-colour side-skirts.

Koup’s rear view has simple, modern surfaces and clever details. The two-tone bumper features a matt black diffuser on the Si and a high-gloss feature on the Turbo, flanked by red reflectors framed in black. The boot lid is shaped to reduce aerodynamic drag and the LED rear combination lamps on the Turbo smooth the airflow while also reinforcing the Koup’s wide stance. The Turbo models are fitted with a carbon-look rear diffuser with dual exhaust tail pipes.

Compared with its predecessor, new Cerato Koup is 50mm longer (4,530mm), 15mm wider (1,780mm) and 10mm higher (1,410mm). The wheelbase has been extended by 50mm (to 2,700mm), becoming the longest in the C1 segment and is now the same as Kia’s Sorento SUV.

New Cerato Koup’s front overhang has been reduced by 15mm, while the rear overhang is 15mm larger – which together with the swooping C-pillar design gives the latest model an eagerness to leap forwards, presenting a truly sporty appearance. Boot capacity is 433 litres (VDA) – among the largest in class – and the boot opening is 60mm wider for improved access.

Despite new Cerato Koup’s larger external dimensions, its sculptured proportions, together with careful attention to surface detailing and airflow-smoothing panels beneath the engine bay, centre section and boot, have cut the Kia coupe’s aerodynamic drag to Cd 0.30 (down from 0.31) – boosting both performance and economy at high speeds.

Cerato Koup will be available in Australia in six colours - Racing Red, Abyss Blue (standard); Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, Bright Silver and Metal Stream (premium).


The interior design of new Koup 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) makes a voluminous feeling.  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 door trims, dashboard, door armrests, door centre trim panels and the centre console.

Because new Koup is wider and higher, its ability to provide generous accommodation for people and cargo has been enhanced. While the front seats continue to offer excellent accommodation, space in the rear of the cabin is improved with headroom (up 28mm), legroom (up 51mm) and shoulder room (up 15mm), all increased.

Like the Cerato sedan, driver comfort in the Koup 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 40mm range.

Because the B-pillars are further back than in the 4-door model, the front seat belts are fitted with extended guides to put them within easy reach of the front seat occupants for easier fastening.

Both Koup front seat occupants will enjoy the wider seats and deeper bolsters on both cushion and backrest for increased support during enthusiastic cornering. Both front seats are fitted with a simple to operate tilt-and-slide ‘walk-in’ device for easy access to the rear seats which have a centre folding armrest with cup holders, extra cup-holders in the side panel trim and a 60/40 spilt folding backrest. The heating and ventilation system has been upgraded.

The Cerato Koup driver will be faced by an instrument cluster centred on two large, chrome-edged, dials and a bridging centre information panel lay-out. The Dot-Matrix LCD cluster is standard.

Several storage areas are provided for Koup’s cabin. The size of the glove box is increased by 30 per cent to 8-litres, each front door pocket holds a 700ml bottle, while a cup holder is built into the rear side trim of the cabin. Along the car’s centreline, there is a sunglasses holder, covered 2-litre console multi-box (ahead of the gear lever), twin cupholders (behind the gear lever) and a 5.6-litre centre console box between the front seats.

For Australia, the all-new Cerato Koup will be offered in two levels - Si with the 2.0-litre GDi engine and Turbo. A Touring option pack will be available on the Turbo which adds leather trim seats, satellite navigation, DVD player, dual-zone climate control, clean air module and auto defog.


Improved NVH for quieter, smoother running

Driver and passenger comfort 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 latest Koup will deliver even better refinement than the previous model.

The Koup’s stiffer structure 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 NVH reduction measures resulted in the rear parcel shelf and cargo bay side trims incorporating a thinsulator filling, while the rear wheel arches are covered with sound insulation material and a breathable film is adopted within the cabin headliner. The front side chassis members, A-pillar and side sills are filled with foam. A dynamic damper is fitted to the shorter of the two front driveshafts.

The NVH improvement program has achieved a significant effect. Idle vibrations through the steering wheel and cabin floor have been reduced by 2dB, while idle noise level in the cabin is down 1dB to 38dB and noise during acceleration is cut by up to 2dB. Interior noise during a 110km/h cruise is cut to 65dB.


Outstanding power and performance

Australian drivers will have the choice of a 129kW Nu 2.0-litre GDi four cylinder engine with 209Nm or a 150kW Gamma 1.6-litre GDi Turbo four cylinder with 265Nm. Both are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

These lightweight engines, which feature cast aluminum cylinder blocks and aluminum cylinder heads, are equipped with an offset crankshaft (to reduce friction), a low-noise timing chain, mechanical lash adjustment, variable intake valve timing (and exhaust valve timing on the Gamma), and a plastic variable intake manifold (on the Nu engine).

In combination, these features (together with the upgraded transmissions) enable new Cerato to deliver a highly competitive combination of class-best power and performance with modest fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Turbo powered Koups feature a unique exhaust system with transversely mounted free-flow muffler and dual tail pipes set into the black diffuser. The exhaust sound is tuned to produce an especially sporty tone between 1,000-to-4,000 rpm which is also 10-to-15dB louder than naturally aspirated models.

Depending on model, acceleration time from 0 to 100km/h varies from 8.9 seconds down to 7.4 seconds (with the six-speed automatic transmission). Fuel consumption is as low as 7.3 l/100 km on the combined cycle for the Si and 7.7 l/100km for the manual Turbo.

Every all-new Cerato Koup model will feature a six-speed transmission as Kia continues to upgrade the specification of its products to match 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 and low first-gear ratios that enable drivers to fully enjoy the new Koup’s off-the-line performance.

The automatic transmission in new Koup features two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’ 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 accompanied by paddle shifters for greater driver involvement.


Improved handling, steering ‘feel’ and ride quality

As with all Kia models bound for the Australian market, KMAu’s product team spent considerable time and effort sorting the best ride and handling package to suit local conditions and local driver preferences.

The challenge was to give the Koup its own special flavour and excitement while retaining the characteristics of the classic Grand Tourer - performance with comfort.

Thousands of kilometres and hundreds of hours later, the product team are confident that the Koup will deliver all that is expected of it.

The specification of the new Koup’s fully independent MacPherson strut front suspension and CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) rear suspension is unchanged, but both systems are developed to improve handling agility, enhance shock absorbance and deliver greater refinement. To ensure supple ride comfort and high-speed stability, gas-filled dampers are fitted front and rear.

At the front, the Koup’s suspension is mounted on an all-new, stronger sub-frame. The suspension’s lower arms have larger diameter bushes, the steering rack is moved forwards by 15mm (closer to the axle line) and the geometry is modified to deliver improved on-centre steering feel.

The CTBA rear suspension is a particularly compact design which ensures minimum intrusion into the Koup’s cabin and boot space, and also maximises under-floor space to accommodate the fuel tank and spare wheel.

For the latest Koup, the steering wheel features ‘tilt & telescopic’ adjustment over a 40mm range. The turning circle (with the 50mm longer wheelbase) is still compact, measuring 10.6 metres and requiring just 2.85 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock thanks to a faster steering gear (15.1:1).

To ensure responsive steering ‘feel’ and precise vehicle control, every new Koup comes with Kia’s MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) system. Electric power assistance, rather than hydraulic assistance, delivers a significant fuel saving – up to 3 per cent.

Kia’s new FlexSteer™ system is standard on Australian Cerato Koup models. 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.

For maximum stopping power, new Koup models are equipped with an all-disc braking system featuring large diameter ventilated front discs (280mm for 2.0-litre Nu GDI, 300mm for 1.6-litre Gamma T-GDI models) and 262mm solid discs at the rear, backed up by ABS anti-lock.

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High strength steel reinforces high safety standards

To maximise occupant protection, Kia makes the safety of people using its products and other road users a priority – and invests heavily in safety-related R&D.

Previously, the second-generation Cerato was awarded a 4-Star safety rating by the US NHTSA and AustralasiaNCAP. By 2013, the official crash test standards around the world have been made even tougher and Kia engineers have re-engineered both the new Koup’s structure and its safety equipment to ensure that the latest model will also deliver the highest safety standards in its class with full expectation of a 5-star safety rating.

Now incorporating a much higher percentage (63%) of high-tensile steel than many competitor cars, the Koup bodyshell features new engine bay bulkhead bracing linked to two new longitudinal chassis members each side of the central tunnel. New connections are fitted 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 Koup’s 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 Koup’s new structure also benefits from additional cross members linking the front suspension towers, rear suspension mounting points and under the rear parcel shelf.

Torsional rigidity of the new Koup bodyshell is increased by 37% (over the previous model), bringing the added benefits of improving refinement and providing a stronger foundation for the suspension and steering – in turn enhancing ride comfort and steering precision.

At the front, 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 – minimising distortion and reducing repair costs. At the rear, an additional benefit of the CTBA rear suspension lay out is that its robust structure provides the under-seat fuel tank with added protection during a rear impact.

Active safety technologies are all standard fare in Australian Koups with ESC (electronic stability control), HAC (hill-start assist control), VSM (vehicle stability management) and ESS (emergency stop signalling) all working to keep the Koup occupants out of trouble.

Front and rear parking sensors are also standard along with six airbags – dual front airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.


Cerato Koup continues to offer generous equipment levels

Kia continues to follow its philosophy of producing cars that present excellent value for money and the new Koup carries over the generous levels of standard specification found on the previous model.

For Australian buyers the Si 2.0-litre model offers 17-inch alloys with a full-size alloy spare, the full range of electronic safety features including ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, VSM, HAC and ESS, six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, cloth seats, 6-way driver’s seat adjustment, 60:40 split fold rear seats, electric door mirrors, cruise control, power windows, rear view camera, MP3 compatible CD player and radio, six speakers Bluetooth connectivity, manual air-conditioning, electric folding mirrors, UV window glass, rear air vent, paddle shifts on automatic.

Stepping up to the Turbo adds the high-tech 1.6-litre Turbo GDi engine, 18-inch wheels with full-size alloy spare, enhanced 16-inch brake package, LED rear combination lamps, LED daytime running lamps, alloy sports pedals, cooling glovebox, electrochromic rear view mirror, cloth seat with fake-leather-look bolsters, smart key with push button start and welcome lights.

An optional Touring Pack will also be available for the Turbo with leather trim seats, satellite navigation, DVD player, 7-inch touch colour LCD screen, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, clean air module and auto defog system.


Body and chassis

Two-door, five-seater coupe with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of transversely-mounted four cylinder petrol engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.


1.6-litre 150kW


Gamma T-GDI (Turbocharged)


(4-in-line), DOHC, four-cylinder, with CVVT

Capacity 1,591cc (1.6-litres)
Power 150kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 1,750-4,500rpm
Fuelling Direct injection

2.0-litre 129kW




(4-in-line), DOHC, four-cylinder, with CVVT

Capacity 1,999cc (2.0-litres)
Power 129kW @ 6,500rpm
Torque 209Nm @ 4,700rpm
Fuelling Direct injection



2.0 GDI




Automatic 6-sp 6-sp

Suspension and damping


Fully independent by MacPherson struts, with coil springs and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar


CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle), with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar



Electric motor driven power-assisted rack and pinion

Steering ratio


Wheel turns

2.85 lock-to-lock

Turning circle

10.6 metres



Single 10.0-inch booster


280 x 23mm ventilated discs (2.0 GDI)

  300 x 28mm ventilated discs (1.6 TURBO)
Rear 262 x 10mm solid discs


ABS anti-lock

Wheels and tyres


17 inch x 7.0J

215/45 R17 tyres


18 inch x 7.5J

225/40 R18 tyres (1.6 T-GDI)

Spare full-size spare wheel  

Dimensions (mm)


Overall length


Overall width 

1,780 (excluding door mirrors)

Overall height  1,410
Wheelbase 2,700
Front overhang 880
Rear overhang 950
Front track 1,553-to-1,563  (depending on wheels/tyres)
Rear track 1,566-to-1,576 (depending on wheels/tyres)

Ground clearance 







970 925
Legroom 1,073 913
Shoulder room 1,419 1,346
Hip room 1,366 1,360


Fuel tank (litres) 


Luggage (VDA)

433 litres




Kerb weight (kg)

1,314/1,337 1,760/1,780
Maximum (kg) 1,760/1,780 1,810/1,830


Top speed (km/h) 210/210


0-to-100 km/h (sec) 8.4/8.9


Economy and emissions

Litres/100 km 7.3/7.4


CO2 (g/km) 175/177


Note: combined cycle tests

Kia Cerato Koup Pricing*

2.0-litre GDi Si $23,990* (M/T)

$26,190* (A/T)

1.6-litre T-GDi Turbo $27,990* (M/T) $30,190* (A/T)
1.6-litre T-GDi Turbo with Touring Pack $30,190* (M/T)

$32,390* (A/T)

Premium paint add $520*.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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