The all-new 2019 Kia Cerato, also known as the Forte in the United States, made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) after teasing enthusiasts with design renderings earlier this week.
The third generation Cerato features sophisticated design and desirable features that offer drivers a higher level of comfort, fuel efficiency and advanced driver assistance technologies that are aimed to make the journey a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience. Let’s have a look.
The all-new 2019 Cerato maintains its sporty and youthful image while evolving a more sophisticated appearance that nods to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Like the Stinger, the Cerato’s long hood and short deck recreate an overall fastback-like shape. The cowl point, base of the wind shield, has been moved back to afford a more athletic and well-grounded stance.
Creases in the hood contribute to its muscular appearance, while its overall presence and character is enhanced by distinctive design traits on the front fascia, a fresh approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, and an aggressive black lower valance.
In order to treat both driver and passengers to a more comfortable ride, the overall length, width, and height has been increased to allow for more legroom, additional cargo, and headroom.
The layout of the dashboard paints a picture of a wide interior space. And the horizontal theme creates a sense of openness and avoids clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons intuitively placed.
The all-new 2019 Cerato builds upon an already solid structure that helped the 2018 Cerato sedan achieve an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus rating strengthening its bones with additional hot-stamped components and 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel. Stronger seat frames are lightweight and provide a more comfortable seating position with increased lumbar support and denser seat foam for more pleasurable long-distance drives.
Under the Cerato’s longer hood sits a second-generation 2.0 liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine, benefitting from the Atkinson Cycle and cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system typically applied to hybrid and electric vehicles, can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The engine and in-house-built IVT are the first of a new line of highly efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains that will make their way into Kia’s future lineup.
Before developing our own Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), our engineers tackled issues often associated with CVTs and applied their findings to the Cerato. CVTs are criticized for creating a rubber-band-like feel which was solved by building the IVT with adaptive style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of a push belt, a first in the compact class resulting in a smooth and linear acceleration.
Noise is another point of criticism of CVTs. This issue was solved in the Cerato by wrapping the transmission case in a sound-insulating cover to help quiet the typical “drone” reducing overall NVH levels.
Brimming with Technology
The Cerato allows the driver to stay connected and pay full attention to the road ahead with advanced technology and infotainment features offered. The Cerato comes with a color touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that’s integrated neatly on the dash and within the driver’s line of sight. The car also features a wireless charging tray on the center stack eliminating the need for a charging cable.
The Cerato also features a 320-watt premium sound system developed with Harman Kardon that plays music through a unique speaker hole pattern on door panels and throughout the rest of the cabin.
The all-new 2019 Cerato is here to impress. This is surely the first but not the last time you will hear about it – so make sure you stay tuned for more upcoming news! Meanwhile, NAIAS will be open to the public from January 20th until January 28th, so please do stop by if you are in the area to check us out! Not in the area? Don’t worry – stay tuned for updates throughout our social media channels – you won’t miss a thing.
*Please note that specifications may vary by region.
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