The all-new Kia Ceed five-door hatchback has been designed at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Inspired by the Stinger’s fastback styling, it will feature “innovative technologies and engines, and a mature and athletic new design”.
While we’re not likely to see much of that Euro tech in the closely related Korean-built Cerato, a Kia Australia spokesman told WhichCar that the two models will share plenty of design cues.
The Ceed hatch displays very similar lines to the all-new Cerato sedan revealed at last month’s Detroit Motor Show; including aggressive front-end styling, sleek window line and a bolder stance that’s accentuated on the hatch by a short rear overhang.
Using the Ceed and the Cerato sedan as a guide, the interior will also be overhauled with a more streamlined and clutter free dashboard based on the Rio’s, featuring a floating 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and a wireless charging pad in some grades.
The US-market Cerato sedan (pictured above), called the Forte, also features advanced safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and active cruise control, which are bound to make their way to most of the Aussie Cerato range, if not as standard equipment.
Local details for the all-new Cerato will be revealed closer to launch, which is currently slated for the middle of this year for the sedan, and the fourth quarter for the hatchback.