The Kia Cerato, sold internationally as the Forte, has been updated for 2022 with a number of dynamic styling changes and new technical features. The revised model has been revealed in sedan-guise only which will cater to the North American market.
The updated Kia Cerato retains its two petrol powertrains. The entry-level offering is a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine with multi-point injection. This delivers 110 kW and 180 N.m of torque which is sent to the fronts via a CVT. The flagship of the range is powered by the brands direct injection turbocharged 1,6-litre four-pot mill that delivers 150 kW and 265 N.m of torque via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This model also benefits from a rear multi-link suspension and a dual sport tuned exhaust.
Visually, the Kia Cerato adopts a more expressive set of headlamps, the newer generation of the tiger nose grille, revised front and rear bumpers that are wider, LED foglamps integrated into the air intake grille and rear LED taillamps for the higher spec models. The boot lid also boasts a new spoiler to give the sedan a sportier presence.
Within the cabin of the Kia Cerato, a new 4,2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster has been made standard on all trims. Higher-end models benefit from a 10,25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation. New key features also include an electronic parking brake switch on the centre console, remote start via the keyless system and a new SynTex hard-wearing synthetic leather upholstery.
Via the advanced driver assistance systems package, the enhanced Kia Cerato now benefits from a plethora of key safety features. This includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic alert and a number of other aids.
There is no word from the South African division on whether the new Kia Cerato will be introduced into our local market.