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2013 Kia Cerato images teased

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The 2013 Kia Cerato looks to be taking the brand’s styling to an even higher level.

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.  


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  • Big up to the Kia revolution, big up! Yummy stuff indeed! I just luv the yet-to-be launched Kia GT as well as the 2013 Cerato Koup. Peter, just go on with your craziness, cos I luv it when you are! As a proud South African, 'Viva!' is the word!

    Adam Mampuru Nkutshweu of Pretoria, SA Posted on 16 September 2012 12:24am
  • Yummy. Does Schreyer know how to design or does Schreyer know how to design? Great work yet again KIA!! Up ,up and up!

    Neal of Cairns Posted on 25 July 2012 7:24pm
  • Omg my heart is pumping sooo fast, getting ready to trade off my 2011 Kia white sexy Koup!!!!!

    Hk asian girl Posted on 25 July 2012 7:16pm
  • Another Good Looking car if the interior is like the optima it will sell like hot cakes. If the Price is $20,000 to $30,000 and that will put another Nail into FORD'S Coffin In sorry to Say .PITY FORD and HOLDEN get better IDEA STAFF Years ago.

    Ned41 of Merbein Posted on 25 July 2012 12:47pm
  • No wonder Toyota is so worried when we have the new Elantra (Hyundai) and potentially its sister Kia here looking so good. Doesn't it make the Corolla look so "last decade/century"?

    Wayne H of Aldinga Beach SA 5173 Posted on 25 July 2012 12:36am
  • Looks good but those passenger windows are getting closer to quarter windows...

    Sam Posted on 24 July 2012 9:36pm
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