The third generation Kia Cerato has been caught for the first time ever. The Cerato is also known as the Forte elsewhere, as the name is used interchangeably between markets. Malaysians are familiar with both models, as Naza Kia Malaysia offered the Cerato as a replacement to the Forte.
According to The Korean Car Blog, the new Kia Cerato will be a distant cousin of the Kia Cee’d, the latter set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Whilst the test mule here was donned in heavy camouflage that covered most of the car’s key design elements, the lone front end photo allowed us an early peek at the headlight and front foglight design. In addition to that, we can expect the new Cerato’s front lower grille to be wider than the outgoing model.
Not much else is known about the all-new Cerato, 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 like Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
Closer to home, the Kia Cerato/Forte isn’t expected to be introduced here until Q4 2018, though a 2019 launch is more likely.
Photo credit: The Korean Car Blog