Kia reveal the Cerato hatchback
2nd April, 2010
Making its world premiere in New York this week-end is the Kia
Forte ('Cerato' in Australia and some other markets) five-door hatchback. Keeping in line with the stylish
and practical Forte compact sedan and Forte Koup, the Forte five-door adds another attractive option to the
Forte five-door builds on the popular Forte compact sedan and bold Forte Koup by employing another
practical yet modern iteration of the platform. Lower and firmly set on its haunches, Forte five-door carries
with it all the amenities of the Forte line and introduces a new front grille, alloy wheels, lower valence
design, centre console, paddle shifters, push-button start (already available in some Forte line-up outside
of North America and Australia) and navigation (available in North America only) in addition to the enhanced
practicality of a fifth door for a distinct appearance and intentional practicality.
Depending on country, Forte five-door is available with three efficient petrol engines - 1.6 litre, 2.0
litre or 2.4 litre - and a new six-speed manual or automatic transmission. North American consumers will have
a choice of the 2.0 and 2.4 litre engines while customers outside of North America will be able to choose
from the 1.6 and 2.0 litre powerplants.
Known as Cerato in Australia, the new 5-door hatch is scheduled to be launched in October. Kia Motors
Australia will confirm pricing and local specifications closer to this time.