New 2014 Kia Forte / K3 / Cerato Detailed Inside and Out in New Photo Gallery and Videos


While Kia surely got its act together in terms of designing, engineering and building vehicles over the past decade or so, the South Korean automaker seems a bit confused when it comes to naming its vehicles.

How else can you explain the fact that its new global compact sedan will have three different names, depending on the region?

In its home market of South Korea, where it was officially introduced this week, it will be called K3, while when it arrives in the U.S. and Canada, we will come to know it as the 2014 model year Forte, and in other markets such as Australia and Brazil, as the new Cerato.

Whatever it is called, the new compact model has adopted the brand's latest design DNA both inside and out, while offering a raft of new technologies such as a parking assistance system, LED headlamps and Kia's next generation “telematics” service UVO, which enables drivers to control their cars via a smartphone or other IT devices.

At 4,560mm (179.5 inches) long, 1,780mm (70.1 inches) wide and 1,435mm (56.5 inches) tall, the K3 is 30mm (1.2 inches) longer, 5mm (0.2 inches) wider and 25mm (1 inch) lower than its predecessor. Its wheelbase has also grown by 51mm (2 inches) to 2,700mm, thus improving legroom for passengers.

In Korea, the K3 launches with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 138Hp (140PS) and 167Nm (123 lb-ft) of peak torque, for a fuel economy of 14 km per liter, which is equal to 32.9mpg US, 39.5mpg UK and 7.1lt/100km.

Kia hasn't said yet which engines will be offered on the Cerato and Forte models when they go on sale early next year.

The four-door sedan model will be followed by five-door hatchback and two-door coupe variants, none of which are likely to be offered in Europe where Kia sells the Cee'd and Pro_cee'd models.

The automaker aims to sell around 410,000 examples of the K3/Forte/Cerato series in its first year on the market, and increase that number to more than 500,000 vehicles in 2014.

Many thanks to LeoPaul Del R. for the Info and Pictures!





Alex said... »September 21, 2012

Definitely more than passing similarity to the Dart, too many similarities to the Elantra as well

Alex said... »September 21, 2012

 Must say, the 5 door C'eed is better looking as well

Pureworx said... »September 21, 2012

looks like a vw/audi mixed with a ford mondeo.

Ugly said... »September 22, 2012

Looks good... girl's pretty too.
What is essentially a Toyota Corolla competitor IMO this looks pretty impressive. Designer Peter Schreyer did a good job.

emjayay said... »September 22, 2012

Here's the thing: In the olden days, car design departments were small and driven by individual designers expressing a personal vision. Today it's all much more market driven, plus there's much more information available. Everyone copies everyone. Audi has been leading with a meticulous, purist, Bauhaus sort of vision (plus that brand identity grille). BMW since Bangle has been leading with a more agressive style. Everyone else copies. So you can see all kinds of influences of everyone else in every design.

emjayay said... »September 22, 2012

For some reason the longer your post here, the slower it comes up until it totally stops.

Cityhunted said... »September 22, 2012

that girl is hot

emjayay said... »September 22, 2012

Occasionally some car company decides to mine their heritage, when design was more personal and idiosyncratic, and puts out something like the Mini or the Fiat 300. Both have their merits, but both are designs that are motivated by style, not the practical innovative concepts of the originals.

Braddo said... »September 22, 2012

its gone all 'hyundai' in styling... was on the right track too... shame...

arturoh said... »September 22, 2012


Bcc said... »September 22, 2012

Those waves on the dashboard (in front of the passenger) ruined all the interior :(

Pureworx said... »September 23, 2012

fiat 300??

Alx said... »September 24, 2012

...and it has a poor-man's Volvo S60 front bumper!

Lambo said... »September 24, 2012

LOL I know. The korean dude looks like a girl. In their culture men use make up too.

Lambo said... »September 24, 2012

The Korean dude wearing make up and was very disturbing and distracting. Next time use a hot Korean girl instead.

Yoyo said... »September 24, 2012

I have to say that i liked the original version better.

keyvon said... »September 24, 2012

uhm yeah this is a Kia...they dont have to mention the Mini is pretty much a caricature of the original as is the Fiat cough 500 not 300......sooo they are just retro designs.....I give Kia credit they continue to put out good looking cheap cars that dont look cheap....This pretty much looks like what the Dodge Dart would have been if Chrysler knew styling details  and modern design

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