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Cerato Goes On Sale With 2,0L And 1,8L Engines In New Zealand
The stylish new Kia Cerato sedan has arrived in New Zealand, and is the biggest compact sedan in the segment.
The wheelbase is the same as with the larger Kia Sorento SUV and is a mere 95mm shorter than the full size Optima sedan, which is in the segment right above it.
As that size might suggest, the passenger cabin is spacious and comfortable, helping deliver a more sophisticated ride.
On top of that, you will find new engines, high tech steering, and a host of convenience and safety features.
There may be no better designed car on the road right now than the third generation Cerato.
Its magnificent aerodynamic design allows it to slice through the air like no other, with a cd drag figure of just 0.27.
What may come as a surprise is the price, which is an extremely affordable $29,990 + ORC (New Zealand).
Kia Cerato Dimensions
Compared to the previous generation, this Cerato is now 30mm longer (now 4560 mm), 14mm lower (1435mm) and 5mm wider (1780mm), with the wheelbase extended by 50mm (2700 mm).
The boot capacity is increased to 421 liters (SAE) – among the largest in class.
Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, said that the Cerato has been an extremely popular member of the Kia lineup, and feels that the new model delivers even more in terms of innovation, design, and quality.
To date, more than 2.5 million Cerato’s (Forte in the US market) have been sold all over the world since it arrived on the scene in 2004. This most recent model is expected to underline the advances that Kia has made in that time.
The vehicle was designed at Kia’s American Design Center in Irvine, California under the watchful eye of Design Chief Peter Schreyer.
The sophisticated styling of the exterior continues to the inside where drivers will love the sweeping new dashboard. Carbon-look trim and soft materials have been used to add a touch of elegance and quality.
It’s also a more comfortable ride thanks the lowering of the cabin floor and expansion of the front seats, which also deliver better thigh support.
2013 Cerato Engines
Two all-new fuel-efficient engines are offered in the 2013 Kia Cerato sedan.
A high-compression, direct-injected 2,0L GDI engine powers the top of the range SX model, delivering 129kW (173hp) @ 6500rpm (+12%) and 209Nm of torque @ 4700rpm (+8%).
Other models in the Cerato range (LX & EX) are powered by the 110kW 1.8-litre DOHC CVVT engine.
Thanks to a lighter kerb weight (down by as much as 70kg), through greater use of high tensile steel, the 1,8L models have a similar power-to-weight ratio to the previous 2,0L Cerato.
Sports paddle shifters on the steering wheel are a highlight of the 6-speed automatic. The vastly improved suspension gives the Cerato a more agile feel that is very much in touch with driving conditions in New Zealand.
Individual driving styles are catered to with the addition of the Flex Steer system that allows drivers to toggle between three different driving modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport.
Kia Cerato Safety Features
Safety is always a priority for Kia, and the Cerato sedan comes with a 5-star ANCAP rating courtesy of a stronger bodyshell, standard ESP programme, front-side airbags and active horizontally adjustable front headrests.
The LED daytime running lights on the EX and SX models are sure to make the Cerato stand out in the crowd.
Standard features on all 2013 Kia Cerato models includes remote keyless entry with standard alarm, power windows, power/heated door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, 6-speaker audio systems with Bluetooth, multifunction trip computer and front fog lamps.
Making the move up to the SX model means adding a power-operated sunroof, 3 stage heated and cooling front seats, integrated memory seat, leather upholstery, reversing camera, dual zone climate control, smart key with push start/stop button, Xenon headlights, rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels and low profile tires. [Source: Scoop]