Ahead of its global debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Kia has released renderings of the All-New 2019 Kia Cerato, giving us a glimpse at how the car is going to look both outside and inside.
Inspired by the Stinger, the new Cerato looks more muscular and sophisticated now, thanks to the more swept-back silhouette, the creases on the hood, lowered bumpers, as well as the more dynamic light design.
Up front, Kia has given a fresh approach to the signature tiger nose grille, which is complemented by the dynamic headlamp design and the rugged looking bumper.
Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath the taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal strip connects the taillights, lending visual width.
Inside, a horizontal theme has been applied by the Korean carmaker to create a sense of openness, avoiding clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below a large screen.
And then, there are also the aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents similar to those found in the Stinger adorning the dashboard.
Not much else is known about the all-new Cerato which was spotted during testing recently, though Kia did release photos of the Novo Concept which could be a hint of the new model’s design. On top of that, the new Kia Cerato is expected to feature more advanced driver assistance systems like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
As for the Malaysian market, the Kia Cerato isn’t expected to be introduced here until Q4 2018, though a 2019 launch is more likely.