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2021 Kia Cerato sedan detailed: Facelift for Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Mazda 3 rival goes official with sharper styling and more technology

The current Cerato has received its midlife facelift.

Kia has revealed the facelifted version of the fourth-generation Cerato, with the small car debuting in sedan form ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms later in the second quarter of this year.

The hatchback and GT performance flagship versions of the Cerato’s midlife facelift haven’t made their debuts yet, but it’s safe to say they will not stray too far from the sedan’s formula.

Up front, the sedan has a redesigned fascia that includes slimmer headlights with segmented LED daytime running lights, which intersect with the tighter ‘tiger nose’ grille, while the bumper is also new.

Around the side, fresh sets of alloy wheels can be found, while the rear gets tweaked tail-light graphics and a different bumper. There’s also now a Mineral Blue paintwork option.

Inside, a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system (with capacitive shortcuts) has become available alongside a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an electric park brake and brown leather upholstery.

  • 2021 Kia Cerato sedan 2021 Kia Cerato sedan
  • 2021 Kia Cerato sedan 2021 Kia Cerato sedan

And yes, Kia’s new logo is prevalent through, most notably with the badges on the bonnet, alloy wheels, boot and steering wheel.

Meanwhile, advanced driver-assist systems now extend to Safe Exit Assist, Rear Occupant Alert and active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Engine details are yet to be confirmed, but the GT is expected to keep its 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder petrol, while the rest of the range is likely to retain the 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit.

Of note, the latter could follow the Seltos small SUV’s lead and swap out its six-speed torque-converter automatic for a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but time will tell.

More information regarding the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Mazda3 rival will be released in the coming days, so stayed tuned.