New Kia Cerato goes on sale in NZ

New Kia Cerato goes on sale in NZ

Kia Cerato fq

The new Kia Cerato has arrived in New Zealand recently and it’s on a special mission to leave other small-medium sedans behind.

Starting at $28,990 and featuring a strong 2-litre engine, tiptronic transmission, stability control and a 5-star safety package, Cerato undercuts the Mitsuibishi Lancer 2.0 auto sedan (rrp from $32,500), Toyota’s 1.8 Corolla auto sedans (at $35,090 and $39,990 respectively for the GX and GLX models) and is more than $12,000 better than Honda’s Civic 2.0 auto sedans (rrp from $41,200).

According to Kia Motors NZ General Manager Todd McDonald, new Cerato pricing takes into account the NZ dollar changes, whereas many others have yet to see the full impact of the lower exchange rate.

“We’ve got one of the best looking sedans in this segment of the market, combined with highly competitive pricing — and the new Cerato will look even better as time goes by,” adds Mr McDonald.

The new Cerato is the first Kia to feature a new styling look that will be adopted across the board by the Korean manufacturer — it’s known as the ‘Schreyer Line’. Named after German designer Peter Schreyer, who left Audi/VW to lead the design team at Kia Motors, the ‘Schreyer line’ is based on his philosophy of “the simplicity of a straight line”. Schreyer says that for too long cars in the C-segment, especially sedans, have been too conservative and his task is to create designs for Kia that raise the bar.

Cerato also features the new Tiger-nose front grille that is being adopted on all Kia models to distinguish its cars on the road.

New Cerato is more than just a grand design. It’s built on an all-new platform created for the Kia cee’d in Europe, which has been further refined for Cerato, then equipped with a dynamic independent suspension and steering package.

Equipment levels are among the best in class, with ESP stability control (incorporating ABS braking and traction control) and six airbags (front side and curtain) standard on all models. Also included is a 6-speaker MP3/USB/iPod entertainment system.

The driving force comes from the new Theta II CVVT 2-litre petrol engine, delivering 116kW @ 6200rp and an impressive torque force of 194Nm @ 4300rpm — that’s 15% more power and 7% more torque than the previous Cerato.

A tiptronic-type automatic suspension is standard on the new Cerato range, featuring a new gate shift pattern and a sports mode that enables the driver to select gear changes manually.

Even with the roof height lowered, the new Cerato boasts more room for its occupants than the previous model. Overall legroom is up 5% and shoulder room is up by an average of 17.5%.

New Cerato is available in two models. The LX comes with fabric seating materials, air conditioning, power windows, power/heated door mirror, remote central locking, 16-inch alloy wheels (including full spare), tinted glass and so on, at $28,990.

The upscale Kia Cerato SX model has full leather upholstery (including leather steering wheel and gear knob), trip computer, automatic climate control, 6-cd changer and audio controls on steering wheel, cruise control, rear park assist (which also has a dashboard object indicator to its direction), 17-inch allow wheels with 45 profile tyres (including full spare) and front fog lamps among its equipment level, priced at $33,990.

Kia Cerato fq

The new Kia Cerato has arrived in New Zealand recently and it’s on a special mission to leave other small-medium sedans behind.

Starting at $28,990 and featuring a strong 2-litre engine, tiptronic transmission, stability control and a 5-star safety package, Cerato undercuts the Mitsuibishi Lancer 2.0 auto sedan (rrp from $32,500), Toyota’s 1.8 Corolla auto sedans (at $35,090 and $39,990 respectively for the GX and GLX models) and is more than $12,000 better than Honda’s Civic 2.0 auto sedans (rrp from $41,200).

According to Kia Motors NZ General Manager Todd McDonald, new Cerato pricing takes into account the NZ dollar changes, whereas many others have yet to see the full impact of the lower exchange rate.

“We’ve got one of the best looking sedans in this segment of the market, combined with highly competitive pricing — and the new Cerato will look even better as time goes by,” adds Mr McDonald.

The new Cerato is the first Kia to feature a new styling look that will be adopted across the board by the Korean manufacturer — it’s known as the ‘Schreyer Line’. Named after German designer Peter Schreyer, who left Audi/VW to lead the design team at Kia Motors, the ‘Schreyer line’ is based on his philosophy of “the simplicity of a straight line”. Schreyer says that for too long cars in the C-segment, especially sedans, have been too conservative and his task is to create designs for Kia that raise the bar.

Cerato also features the new Tiger-nose front grille that is being adopted on all Kia models to distinguish its cars on the road.

New Cerato is more than just a grand design. It’s built on an all-new platform created for the Kia cee’d in Europe, which has been further refined for Cerato, then equipped with a dynamic independent suspension and steering package.

Equipment levels are among the best in class, with ESP stability control (incorporating ABS braking and traction control) and six airbags (front side and curtain) standard on all models. Also included is a 6-speaker MP3/USB/iPod entertainment system.

The driving force comes from the new Theta II CVVT 2-litre petrol engine, delivering 116kW @ 6200rp and an impressive torque force of 194Nm @ 4300rpm — that’s 15% more power and 7% more torque than the previous Cerato.

A tiptronic-type automatic suspension is standard on the new Cerato range, featuring a new gate shift pattern and a sports mode that enables the driver to select gear changes manually.

Even with the roof height lowered, the new Cerato boasts more room for its occupants than the previous model. Overall legroom is up 5% and shoulder room is up by an average of 17.5%.

New Cerato is available in two models. The LX comes with fabric seating materials, air conditioning, power windows, power/heated door mirror, remote central locking, 16-inch alloy wheels (including full spare), tinted glass and so on, at $28,990.

The upscale Kia Cerato SX model has full leather upholstery (including leather steering wheel and gear knob), trip computer, automatic climate control, 6-cd changer and audio controls on steering wheel, cruise control, rear park assist (which also has a dashboard object indicator to its direction), 17-inch allow wheels with 45 profile tyres (including full spare) and front fog lamps among its equipment level, priced at $33,990.

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