Kia Cerato update sneak peak before launch

Cerato breaks the ice for new Kia branding

Kia’s Cerato model upgrade is about to ride into town with a brand new badge and wearing the crown as Kia Australia’s most successful model for total sales.

2021 KIA Cerato GT MY22

Kia Rio has been the brand’s best seller in Australia for two decades and has won the hearts of 153,411 buyers since entering the local market in 2000, through to the end of April 2021.

While Rio continues to earn its place in the Kia garage, there is a new leader in town with Cerato’s cumulative sales since its launch in 2003 reaching 153,918 by end of April, surpassing Rio’s historic total.

With the arrival of the new Cerato, that domination is expected to reach new heights.

The first model to arrive in Australia wearing Kia’s new logo, the new Cerato will also feature a range of innovative design elements highlighting a new-look front visage through styling changes to headlights, radiator grille, front bumper and fog lights.

The hatch will remain largely unchanged from the rear but the sedan gets a new look with updates to the tail lights, boot and rear bumper lines.

2021 KIA Cerato GT MY22 Interior

New safety technology includes Rear Seat Alert, LED Daytime Running Lights and Lane Following Assist across all models. Sport + and GT models will benefit from the addition of Blind Collision Avoidance Assist and an electronic parking brake.

Convenience and comfort upgrades will include rear air vents for all models across the four-spec range and a slide sunroof on the top of the range GT models.

The proven Nu 2.0-litre 4-cylinder MPI with 112kW of power and 192Nm of torque will carry over in the S, Sport and Sport+ trims and the halo GT model will continue to be powered by the four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo engine producing 150kW at 6,000rpm and 265Nm of torque.

The new Cerato in S, Sport and Sport+ trims will start arriving in Kia dealerships this week with the GT joining the range in mid-June.


S $25,490 $25,990
S with Safety Pack $26,490 $27,490
Sport $27,590 $27,990
Sport with Safety Pack $28,590 $29,490
Sport+ $30,640 $31,690

Safety pack:

  • AEB Fusion II (Car/Ped/Cyc)
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • 15” Rear Disc Brake
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Electric Folding Mirror
  • Leather Steering Knob and Steering Wheel (standard on Sport model)

Specification overview:


2.0 MPi

In addition to Sport
ï Blind Collision Avoidance Assist
ï AEB (Car/Pedestrian/Cyclist)
ï Smart Cruise Control
ï Electronic Parking Brake
ï 15” Rear Brake Disc
ï Electrochromic Mirror

ï Smart Key with Push Button Start
ï Leather Appointed† Seats
ï Heated Front Seats
ï Aeroblade Front Wipers
ï Dual Zone Climate Control
ï Auto Defog System


2.0 MPi

In addition to S:
ï 17” Alloy Wheels (New Design) 
ï Cloth Seats (Sport Pattern)
ï Premium Steering Wheel
ï Premium Shift Knob

ï 10.25” AVN Unit with SUNA & 10 years free MapCare 
ï Digital Radio (DAB)
ï Illuminated Vanity Mirrors


2.0 MPi

ï MDPS Power Steering
ï 16” Steel Wheels
ï Front & Reverse Parking Sensors
ï Rear View Camera with Dynamic
Parking Guidelines
ï Lane Keep Assist
ï Lane Following Assist 
ï Driver Attention Alert
ï AEB (Car/Pedestrian) 
ï Speed Limiter
ï Rear Seat Alert 

ï LED Daytime Running Light 
ï Folding Key
ï 6-Way Driver’s Seat including Height Adjust
ï Cruise Control
ï 4.2” Colour TFT LCD Cluster 
ï 8” AV Unit with Wired/Wireless Android
Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay 
ï 6 Speaker Sound System
ï Manual Air Conditioning
ï Rear Air Vents

 New Features
† Leather trim includes some leather-like material on selected high impact surfaces.

* Full specification sheet for S, Sport and Sport+ available soon. GT specifications and pricing will be available closer to the June launch.

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