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Kia Cerato Koup (copyright image)

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Priced from $23,690 (excludes dealer and statutory charges), Kia has yet another 'hit' for Australian customers.

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24th September, 2009

Cerato Koup - Kia's first-ever two-door coupe

Kia Motor's all-new Kia Cerato Koup marks the latest expansion of Kia's comprehensive model line-up, with the introduction of the brand's first-ever two-door coupe. Lower, shorter and lighter than the four-door Cerato sedan, the two-door Cerato Koup is Kia's first-ever entrant in the Sports segment in Australia.

Despite its sporty appearance and lower roofline, the 4.48 metre long Koup has a long wheelbase (2,650 mm) and offers extraordinary passenger and luggage space, highly competitive levels of equipment and state-of-the-art active and passive safety. The Koup is available with a 2-litre petrol engine with 5-speed manual as standard or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

While developing the new Koup, Kia designers and engineers concentrated on eight key areas: aggressive styling; strong performance; fun-to-drive steering, handling and ride balance; good fuel economy; great cabin comfort; enhanced overall safety; and the introduction of new technologies.

Styled under the direction of Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the new Cerato Koup production model is based on the KOUP concept car modelled by the design team at Kia's California design studios, led by Tom Kearns, chief designer of Kia Motors America. The new Cerato Koup, together with the Cerato sedan which was released earlier this year, embody Kia's new design 'DNA' in its most complete form so far.

"Design gives a soul to the product and the future of Kia products lies in balance, clarity and purpose," observes Peter Schreyer. "Our first-ever coupe, the Cerato Koup, embodies that philosophy. Without any extraneous features, its crisp, clean exterior styling conveys a powerful and aggressive image that exudes speed."

Building on the success on the new Cerato sedan launched locally in January 2009, the Cerato Koup offers performance, ride and handling that is even more responsive than the sedan. The Cerato Koup is destined to broaden the appeal of Kia to a new group of consumers who seek the particular appeal of two-door cars.

Like the Kia Cerato sedan, the Koup is manufactured at the Hwasung facility in Korea. This manufacturing plant also makes the Kia Sorento SUV.


Bold, performance-inspired, aggressive styling for new Koup

When it was first revealed at the 2008 New York Motor Show, the Kia KOUP concept combined youthful exuberance with a sporty and sleek design, balanced proportions with a fluid style that evoked an emotional driving experience. It represented the future of the Kia brand and its dynamic vehicles that spoke to our core philosophies.

Now, the production version of the Kia Cerato Koup boasts a 'muscular' yet sophisticated design, with fluid lines and proportions that closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept car. Appealing to the emotional side of car enthusiasts, the new coupe presents an aggressive stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, prominent air intakes and a low, sleek profile. Even when viewed from behind, new Kia Cerato Koup exudes attitude with slim, wrapped tail lights, dual exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.

Introduced earlier this year, the new Kia Cerato four-door sedan, with its short front overhang, chiselled surface composition, wedge profile and crisp trunk contours, raised car design in the small car segment to a new level of sophistication. While closely related to the sedan, the two-door Kia Cerato Koup has a lowered stance, better aerodynamics and delivers a more exciting ride with sharp exterior styling which conveys a powerful and dynamic image that exudes speed. The aerodynamic drag is a highly competitive Cd 0.31 and Kia engineers achieved an aerodynamic lift figure of just Ci 0.21. Compared to the sedan, Koup weighs 20 kg less.

The bold frontal styling incorporates Kia's new 'signature grille', designed by Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. The grille blends seamlessly into the Cerato Koup's four-light, black bezel headlamps and turn indicator lamps. Front mudguard blisters hint at the power beneath the bonnet, while the wide front bumper, with its extra-large centre and outer air intakes, amplifies this model's sportiness.

The Koup stands 60 mm lower (50 mm lowered roofline and 10 mm lowered suspension), and is 50 mm shorter, 10 mm narrower than the Cerato sedan, while retaining the same 2,650 mm wheelbase to ensure that five adults and their luggage can still be accommodated.

The lowered roof line - down by 50 mm - and abbreviated boot combine with the profile's sweeping upper belt line and concave lower character lines to reinforce the feeling of dynamic motion, and the Koup's side view is further enhanced by the 17 inch alloy wheels, fitted with low profile 215/45 R17 tyres.

The rear view intensifies the Kia Cerato Koup's sporty image with an aerodynamic boot lid, multi-colour combination lamps and a black lower bumper garnish featuring an aerodynamic diffuser and twin chrome exhaust tailpipes. The sharply contoured line of the boot edge heightens the car's aerodynamic qualities as well as providing a distinctive appearance.

The new Kia Cerato Koup is available in a choice of four standard exterior colours that include three solid paint finishes (Clear White, Ebony Black and Racing Red) and one optional metallic colour (Bright Silver). Three more metallic colours are also available by dealer order (Sweet Orange, Santorini Blue and Titanium Silver).

Exterior Dimensions Comparison (mm)

New Cerato Koup New Cerato Sedan Difference
Length 4,480 4,530 - 50
Width* 1,765 1,775 - 10
Height 1,400 1,460 - 60
Wheelbase 2,650 2,650 -----
Front track 1,560 1,557 + 3
Rear track 1,564 1,564 -----
Front overhang 895 895 -----
Rear overhang 935 985 - 50
Ground clearance 140 150 - 10
*excluding door mirrors


High-tech features enhance Koup's spacious cabin

The new Cerato Koup's interior offers generous proportions, a two-tier dashboard design, high-quality fit, discreet metal-finish accents and high-tech features.

The new Kia Cerato sedan, which provides the foundations for the new coupe, has such a generously spacious cabin that despite the Koup's more compact dimensions, the long wheelbase and wide body shell still ensure that the cabin can accommodate up to five adults. Front legroom and hip room are actually increased (compared to the sedan), while the boot's capacity of almost 358 litres is highly competitive.

Larger front doors and 'walk-in' front seats, which tilt and slide in one smooth motion using a lever on the side of the front passenger head restraint and return to their original position thanks to a memory function, ensure easy access to the rear seat. For maximum versatility when accommodating people and cargo, the Cerato Koup's rear seat backrest is split 60/40 and folds almost flat to extend available boot space.

Every new Cerato Koup driver will be able to find the ideal driving environment thanks to the multi-adjustable seat and the tilt/reach adjustable (+20/-20mm) thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel that incorporates remote audio and cruise controls.

Incorporating elements of Kia's developing design 'DNA', the 'three-cylinder' instrument cluster has clear and precise graphics.

A 'Super Vision' cluster with reddish lighting is standard with a new 'message centre' digital information display at the bottom of the cluster. This display gives information about fuel level, battery level, engine temperature, door -open alerts and fuel consumption. When reverse gear is engaged, the standard Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS) displays a plan-view graphic in the message centre, also showing the coupe in relation to any obstructions.

The centre stack is designed to appear to 'float' above the dashboard and presents heating, ventilation, audio and auxiliary controls in logical horizontal bands, with detailing that echoes a premium audio system. The stack features 'Negative LCD' illumination which brings a reddish glow to the cabin interior.

Kia Cerato Koup is equipped with 4 x door speakers and front tweeters, radio/CD player with AUX input, remote controls for the audio system mounted on the steering wheel, plus MP3 and iPod connectivity as standard.

The Koup interior is rimmed in black one-tone with contrasting vibrant red stitching for the steering wheel, door armrest trim, and seats.

Style accents include a variety of black, soft metal and chrome coating finishes - for the interior door handles, steering wheel, door trims, transmission console and the centre stack.

Storage includes 2 x cup holders (front and rear), a large dashboard glove box, and a ceiling-mounted drop-down sunglasses holder. Luggage space in new Cerato Koup is now among the 'class-best' for a Sports segment coupe with a boot capacity of 358 litres.

Interior Dimensions Comparison (mm)

New Cerato Koup New Cerato Sedan Difference
Front 982 1,015 - 33
Rear 897 955 - 58
Front 1,108 1,100 + 8
Rear 862 890 - 28
Shoulder room
Front 1,414 1,415 - 1
Rear 1,331 1,390 - 59
Hip room
Front 1,355 1,345 + 10
Rear 1,310 1,355 - 45
Boot capacity 358 litres 415 litres - 57 litres


Clever engineering and design solutions minimise NVH

While designing and engineering the new Cerato sedan and Cerato Koup, Kia's research and development teams concentrated on maximising both the vehicles refinement and minimising NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

The NVH quest began with both model's exterior styling which features smooth shapes, no unnecessary detailing and tight panel gaps, so the vehicle generates minimum wind noise. On the Cerato Koup, a lowered front bumper bottom lip, underfloor airflow deflectors ahead of all four wheels, and an engine bay underfloor cover, all helped to achieve reduction in drag.

A stiff body shell structure is an excellent foundation for providing a vehicle with good NVH qualities. New Cerato Koup features a much higher percentage of high-tensile strength steel compared to the previous sedan. Significant improvements to the body shell include stronger A-pillars, reinforced rear floor members and central floor tunnel, plus more rigid joints between the dashboard bulkhead and the A-pillars and the use of ultra-high tensile steel in the B-pillars and side sills.

Other NVH-reduction measures include all-new noise lowering materials for the engine bay bulkhead and the rear parcel shelf, the injection of sound-dampening foam into hollow sections of the body shell at strategic noise-transference points and the fitting of improved door and window seals.


High performance powertrains that deliver good fuel economy

Kia's new Cerato Koup is available with an ultra-modern DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine equipped with CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) and four valves per cylinder. The 2 litre engine features all aluminium construction and is offered with a choice of either manual or automatic transmission.

The 2 litre 'Theta II' engine, shared with the Cerato sedan released earlier this year, delivers more power, improved durability, enhanced refinement and reduced fuel consumption and emissions than previous Cerato engines. The 1,998 cc power unit has a cast aluminium block, cylinder head and sump.

Special features of this improved Theta II unit include a highly durable timing chain engineered to minimise noise, a single 'serpentine' rubber belt to run all the ancillary components, a catalytic converter integrated into the exhaust system to release more power and redesigned exhaust ports that reduce exhaust gas temperature and improve fuel efficiency at high-speeds.

The Theta II engine generates a highly competitive power output (115 kW at 6,200 rpm) and peak torque of 194 Nm at 4,300 rpm. From standstill, this engine can propel the new Koup to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds and power it to a top speed of 190 km/h. Cruise control is standard and operated via steering wheel-mounted controls.

Smooth-shifting manual and automatic transmissions

The new Cerato Koup comes standard with a crisp but smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission with 'high' top ratios (0.702:1) for reduced engine revs and improved fuel economy when cruising at high speeds.

As an alternative, the Cerato Koup is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission equipped with a light weight 'flat-type' compact torque converter and, in the cabin, a gated shift pattern.

This transmission offers the driver a choice of two operating modes. For town driving, fully automatic mode delivers all the usual benefits. For greater driver involvement, sport mode allows clutch-less sequential manual gear changes - up or down, one ratio at a time - simply by pushing the selector lever forwards to change up and back to change down.

As fitted to the Cerato Koup, Kia's four-speed automatic transmission brings customers several benefits to ensure a more 'sporty' driving experience. The changes include an improved ETC (Electronic Throttle Control), a more sensitive APS (Accelerator Pedal Sensor), faster acting kick-down and a higher engine rpm default setting before upshifts in the gearbox.


Fun-to-drive handling and steering, plus a refined ride

Kia chassis engineers were determined to give the new Cerato Koup a sophisticated ride/handling balance that ensures fun-to-drive characteristics, with precise and rewarding responses to driver inputs and a smooth, refined ride. The suspension systems are a derivative of the Kia Cerato sedan with some minor improvements - reflecting a 20 kg weight loss, compared with the sedan - and a lowering by 10 mm front and rear.

Mounted on a light weight hydro-formed subframe, the Koup front suspension uses MacPherson struts (like the Cerato sedan), but with wider 'L'-shaped lower-arms for enhanced high-speed stability and an increased castor angle for greater self-centring and a sharper steering 'feel' in town driving.

A thicker front stabiliser bar enhances cornering stability and delivers superior grip. Upgraded shock absorber valve and damper settings deliver a perfect balance between responsive handling and driver comfort.

The rear suspension features a coupled torsion beam axle (CTBA) layout, a simple, compact and lighter design now favoured by many of the world's leading car makers. The dampers and coil springs are mounted separately, resulting in a compact system that maximises the Cerato Koup's interior cabin and cargo space by minimising suspension intrusion.

An additional benefit of the CTBA layout is that its more robust structure gives the 52 litre under-seat petrol tank added protection in a rear impact. Kia's tests have demonstrated that during an 84 km/h crash no fuel leaked from the Cerato Koup's tank.

For precise vehicle control and good 'feel' the new Cerato Koup's steering uses a speed-sensitive hydraulically power-assisted rack-and-pinion system with a quicker rack rate - just 2.60 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock - for quicker turn-in and better mid-corner control and feel. Clever front suspension design results in a highly competitive turning circle of just 10.78 metres.

For powerful and stable braking, all new Cerato Koup models are equipped with 280 mm ventilated front discs as standard. The rear braking system features 262 mm solid rear disc brakes. ABS anti-lock and EBD brake force distribution systems are standard.

The proof of the chassis development by Kia's R&D engineers was immediately apparent when Kia Motors Australia undertook its own evaluation of pre-production examples of the Cerato Koup. Lower, stiffer suspension and a stiffer body shell combined to produce a confidence-inspiring and sporty handling package that also delivered a well-damped and controlled ride on a wide variety of Australian road conditions.


Peace of mind with 'active' and 'passive' safety systems

Kia Motors is always determined to achieve the highest levels of 'active' and 'passive' safety for people using its products. Consequently, new Cerato Koup presents buyers with a range of state-of-the-art systems and equipment as standard to ensure that owning and driving this exciting new coupe will be a safe as possible.

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Active safety technologies fitted to the Cerato Koup include ESP (electronic stability programme) to enhance cornering ability, several systems to boost braking performance and RPAS (rear parking assist system) to help avoid contact with pedestrians and other vehicles when reversing.

ESP is a proven accident-reducing system much praised by the ANCAP and EuroNCAP safety organisations. Sensors monitor the car's progress, its yaw and steering angles and the rotation speed of each wheel, and then reduce engine power and/or apply individual brakes to correct understeer and oversteer, so that in conjunction with the TCS (Traction Control System), traction is maintained, severe skids and potential roll-overs situations are avoided and the car follows the course intended by the driver.

Using the electronic sensors that are part of the ABS anti-lock braking system, the BAS (Brake Assist System) recognises when a Koup driver is executing an emergency stop and delivers maximum braking power to ensure the shortest possible stopping distance.

In addition, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) monitors the car's load - the combined weight of occupants and cargo - and adjusts the front/rear distribution of the braking pressure generated by the driver pressing on the brake pedal.

During reversing, the upgraded RPAS fitted to the new Koup uses four ultrasonic sensors to accurately detect obstructions behind the car. Visual information about the distance and direction of obstructions from the car is displayed on the cabin's 'message centre'. An audible warning is also triggered, the sound intensifying in both volume and frequency as the car moves closer to the obstruction.

'Passive Safety' technology maximises protection

As well as improving NVH, new Cerato Koup's robust body shell structure delivers real passive safety benefits with increased impact resistance. Using a much higher percentage of high-tensile strength steel, the new coupe's body shell achieves excellent rigidity and strength. Particular attention has been paid to the A- and B-pillar areas, with a roll-over hoop incorporated into the B-pillars and stronger steel used in the side sills.

Inside, the Cerato Koup is equipped with six airbags as standard. Dual front airbags, dual front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (linked to rollover sensors as well as impact sensors) offer maximum head protection to all occupants.

Active head restraints are standard for both front seats. These head restraints move forwards during a rear impact to minimise movement of the occupants heads and protect against whiplash injuries.


The name 'Kia' has become synonymous with a reputation for strong levels of equipment matched with great value and traditionally low running costs, and the all-new Cerato Koup continues that long-held tradition.

Standard equipment on the Kia Cerato Koup includes:

  • 2.0-litre CVVT engine (115 kW)
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Optional 4-speed Sportsmatic automatic gearbox
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (unique design) with 215/45 R17 tyres
  • Power, heated door mirrors
  • Power windows
  • Dual SRS front airbags
  • Front side SRS airbags
  • Curtain (full-length) SRS airbags
  • Active front headrests
  • Upgraded trim - Mesh-Rachel
  • Keyless remote central locking
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and Brake Assist
  • MP3 compatible CD player with Power Bass
  • Auxiliary input (for external audio device) with iPod® compatibility
  • Repeater lamps on door mirrors
  • Speed-sensing auto door locks
  • Map lamp with sunglass holder
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Traction Control System
  • Remote audio controls (steering wheel-mounted)
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lamps
  • Dual rear muffler
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 'Super Vision' cluster with rear parking assist display
  • Six-function trip computer
  • Exterior temperature display


The new Kia Cerato Koup comes standard with the confidence of Kia's unlimited kilometre/5-year warranty for privately registered vehicles (130,000 kilometres/5 years for business and commercial vehicles).

Kia's standard five-year warranty reflects the rapid development of new design and engineering technologies by Kia Motors Corporation and consequent improvements to the quality and reliability of all Kia vehicles.

The balance of the five-year warranty is fully transferable to a new owner should a new Kia Cerato Koup be sold during the warranty period, further enhancing that vehicle's value.

In addition to new vehicles, all Kia approved parts and accessories fitted prior to, or at the time of, delivery of a new Cerato Koup will also be covered by the same warranty applying to that vehicle.

PRICING (excluding dealer delivery charges and the various state/territory statutory fees.

The all-new Kia Cerato Koup offers a high level of standard specification and value.


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