Kia’s first worldwide sports model, the all new Cerato Koup, has gone on sale in New Zealand from an affordable price of just $27,990.
The style-driven 2.0 litre-powered 2-door roadster takes Kia Motors another step closer in its plan to re-invent itself as a design-led, youth-inspired vehicle manufacturer.
Based on the chassis and drive-train of the Cerato 4-door sedan, the new Koup is the latest embodiment of Kia’s Design DNA. Developed under the guidance of Kia’s German-based Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the Koup is the first-ever 2-door sports coupe built by the company.
Kia Cerato Koup rqThe new Cerato Koup broadens the appeal of the Kia Motors line-up, which has also seen the introduction of the fun Soul city crossover, as well as the Cerato sedan and refreshed executive Magentis sedan, this year. And the expanding range includes the new Kia Sorento R, which is being introduced at the same time as Koup.
According to Todd McDonald, General Manager for Kia Motors New Zealand: “Kia is on a roll, internationally and in New Zealand, and we feel very positive going into 2010 with a great line up of new and refreshed models that are breathing more life into the brand and the market.
Whilst it is clearly derived from the Cerato, the Koup shares just one body panel with its 4-door cousin; the bonnet. Peter Schreyer’s design team has given the 2-door model a lower profile, starting with the aggressive nose that incorporates the new Tiger Grille signature Kia identity, large pillarless doors (a first for a coupe in this class) with scalloped lower panels and a raked roofline finishing with a short, styled rear. The side view is further enhanced by 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels, fitted with low profile tyres.
Kia Cerato Koup intThe cabin is very spacious for a 2-door coupe, yet feels snug with the grey and black tones that identify its sporty character. Leather upholstery, detailed with red stitching, is standard on the two SX models, while velour is the choice for LX. Metal accents around the dash and console sharpen the interior styling.
The two front bucket seats continue the sporty theme, with sports-styled instruments. Both models feature lavish equipment, including fog lights, remote door locking, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel and sunglasses holder. The 6-speaker MP3 compatible sound system is upgraded in the SX models to include a 6-CD changer. The SX also comes with a power sunroof, reverse warning sensors and automatic climate control, as opposed to the LX model’s manual A/C.
Th 115kW, 2.0 litre engine delivers a lively performance and sounds much throatier with the twin exhaust system specially tuned by sound engineers.
Kia Cerato Koup fq1The engine is matched to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a sequential shift automatic transmission. From standstill, this engine can propel the new Koup to 100km/h in 9.3 seconds and power it to a top speed of 190kmh.
All Kia Koup models feature ESP (electronic stability programme) for greater driving safety and come with a full complement of six airbags.
The full Kia Koup model range includes the $27,990 LX model with the 5-speed manual gearbox and the fully-featured SX model with the choice of 5-speed manual or the sequential automatic, both priced at $33,990. As with all Kia cars, the Koup comes with all on-road costs such as WoF and registration, plus a 5-year/100,000 factory warranty programme, 24-hour emergency assistance, a full tank of fuel and the first 1500km service, included in the purchase price.
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