The car will be unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November, but in the meantime Kia has released these teaser images showing a strong coupe look for the four-door small sedan.
A more upswept ‘tiger face’ grille, sharply angled headlights and accentuated character lines pull the eyes along the rising beltline to the fast sweep over the tail.
Like the latest Rio, it heralds that Kia is not resting on the design laurels of the past couple of years – and that we can expect to see increasingly fresher styling roll out under the watch of design chief Peter Schreyer.
We will see the new Cerato sedan here in the first half of 2013, with the five-door hatch and Koup following later that year. There’s also the whiff of a turbo option, with Hyundai tipped to be planning a turbo i30 – a car that shares some underpinnings with the stablemate Cerato.
There's no news on prices yet, but while Kia has been showing for some time they have moved away from the bargain basement, you can still expect the Korean carmaker to focus on ensuring the line-up is good value for money. So there is unlikely to be a huge change from the current model pricing, which starts just under $20,000 for the base model sedans and hatches and tops out at just under $30,000 for the top spec Koup.