All-new Cerato (Forte) FAQ January 9th, 2013

Our all-new Cerato (Forte) made its world premiere at the LA Auto Show back in November, and last month we asked the 2 million plus people who like Kia Motors on Facebook to ask any questions they might have about our next generation compact sedan. Numerous inquiries poured in from across the globe, and we’ve sorted them into six categories:

  • Body Style Variants

  • Engine Specifications

  • Design

  • Availability

  • Options

  • Safety & Ride Handling

We would like to answer these questions and help demystify the all-new Cerato – Let’s begin.


Body Style Variants

People asked a lot about the body style variants of the all-new Cerato. Following the launch of the four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and two-door coupe variants of the new generation model will go on sale in the second half of 2013 in many dealerships around the world.


Engine Specifications

Powertrain and engine specifications vary across regions and markets. It’s best to ask your local Kia dealer what will be available in your country.

In the US, Canada and Australia choice of an efficient 1.8-liter MPI engine or a more powerful 2.0 liter GDI engine will be offered. In most markets outside the US and Canada, and Australia, customers can expect a choice of two gasoline power units – Kia’s 161 ps 2.0-liter Nu engine (power up 3.2%) and the popular 130 ps 1.6-liter Gamma engine (power up 4.8%). Brazil will have 1.6 FFV.

The all-new Kia Cerato (Forte) can accelerate to 100 kph (62 mph) in as little as 8.5 seconds, reach a top speed of 210 kph (130 mph) and achieve a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 6.5 l/100 km – depending on model.

We are considering plans for a turbo engine, and will release more details later this year.




Model specifications and trims will vary by country, even the naming of the trims are different as well. Please check with your local Kia dealer for the options available in your home country. The Cerato (Forte) is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2013 in North America and will be offered in LX and EX variants over there.

More on Design:

With an aggressive stance, broad shoulders and a windshield rake that can only be described as sporty, the all-new Forte looks as good parked as it does carving through a remote canyon road. Influenced by European sport sedan styling, the Forte’s modern aesthetic was born in California at Kia’s American Design Center in Irvine. The new Kia Cerato (Forte) has cab-forward styling, a coupe-like roofline, distinctive concave door contours and a rising beltline with chrome molding extending into the C-pillar to project an aura of elegance. LED positioning lights create distinct eyebrows, making the Cerato instantly recognizable in a crowd.


Release Schedule


The release of the Cerato (Forte) will vary across the globe, but it will be available in the majority of markets in the first half of 2013.


What are some available options for the Cerato (Forte)?

Available options (depending on model) include 10-way powered and ventilated driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, powered glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, smart keyless entry with engine start/stop button, Xenon headlamps, Bluetooth® hands-free system with remote controls, manual and dual-zone climate control automatic air-conditioning.

What are some safety and handling enhancements?

To maximize occupant protection the new bodyshell incorporates 63% of high-strength steel with three additional cross members and greatly strengthened B-pillars.  Torsional rigidity of the bodyshell is increased by 37% (over the previous model), improving safety, refinement, ride comfort and steering precision.

Customers can expect a smoother ride with enhanced safety. While the specification of the new Kia Cerato (Forte)’s suspension is unchanged, it has been fine-tuned to improve agility, shock absorbance and refinement.  The suspension’s geometry is modified to deliver improved steering feel.

We hope this Q&A has helped shed some light on the all-new Cerato, but if your questions were not answered, feel free to ask us in the comment section below!

Also, it may be helpful to contact your local dealership here.

Learn More

For more information on the all-new Cerato, check out the below links:

  • Anthony

    What is total weight compare to previous version ?

  • Guest

    Hi.Will you sell 1,6 diesel on european market?We wish so.

  • Guest

    Will there be 1,6 diesel engine in EU

  • Hakan Heh

    What about diesel engine for european market?

  • wen wil it arrive in south africa & what is the expected market selling price for a 1.6 engine