Remember that sketch of the next-generation Kia Forte that was leaked late last year? Well, now Kia has released an official version of it – and it's even more dramatic.

This new rendering has a more pronounced lower character line and larger rear taillights, but it retains the earlier version's menacing face, with a large implementation of the new Kia grille design. Other changes include chrome trim around the windows and fog lamps, plus a revised C-pillar that's similar to the forthcoming Kia Quoris.

Kia says the new Forte will go on sale later this year in Korea, where it is called the K3, before appearing in other markets, where it's also known as the Cerato. We should be seeing the car in spring 2013, on sale as a 2014 model.

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Dynamic new look for Kia's popular Cerato (Forte)

- Completely redesigned compact sedan will be longer, lower and wider
- New model to be called 'K3' in the Korean market

(SEOUL) July 23, 2012 – Kia Motors will introduce the next generation Cerato compact sedan later this year in its home market of Korea under a new name – 'K3' (domestic market only). Also known as Forte in some countries, the Cerato was Kia's global best-seller in 2011 with more than 445,000 units delivered.

While creating the latest model Kia's designers and engineers focused on giving the all-new Cerato futuristic and dynamic styling, with a more spacious cabin.

After going on sale in Korea, the all-new Cerato sedan will appear at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets during the first quarter of 2013, to be followed by five-door hatchback and two-door coupe variants.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely fits with their recent designs. Can't really judge until the real McCoy debuts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia is on a roll. Take no prisoners! Peter Schreyer is a genius.
        • 3 Years Ago
        except for what he did with the Quoris...
      Mike Hunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who ASPIRES to own a "KIA"? You say KIA and people's first thought is TURD!
        Baby Boy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
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        @Mike Hunt
        It takes two product generations generally to change peoples perception. This is the 1st gen of really good products. So while I agree somewhat with your statement just because I am programmed that way, I can see how that will evaporate soon enough for most people.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        Kia/Hyundai made some of the worst cars on the market only a few years ago. It doesn't matter how good they make the newer cars or how much they style them after other cars, their badges will always have an association with poor quality products.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Peter Schreyer for this one. hows what a relatively new carmaker can do when it hires a top Audi designer. Schreyer designed the R8, among others Go for it, KIA!.
      Ron McCord
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia and Hyundai are on roll. Use to be a joke, I could see buying one next time in the market if something attracts me more then the Nissan Juke which is in the number one slot for me now. Unique, small and powerful car with no competitor.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the current Forte looks much better than th eElantra. I've always liked Kia's design language-the Forte is one of the best looking C segment cars out there. I hope that this carries over the Forte's good looks but with the Elantra' competitive specs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Peter Schreyer is one of the most talented designer and design managers around today. He has taken Kia from the back parking lot of a Pep Boys to the front row of the world's major design shows.
      Hakim Givens
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks A LOT like the Astra Sedan/Verano, especially the A-pillar. It still looks like a nice little car though.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well it has a nice shape and looks good on the outside but i'll give the final verdict when I see the production model .
      • 3 Years Ago
      A tough Monday so I'm just sayin': In the 22nd century, yeah we don't need no steenkin' side mirrors - or rear windows that we can actually see out of. We'll just "intuit" that there's a car in the other lane before lane changing. Hey, why not try it now? Duct tape your mirrors and rear window, get on the GSP on a Saturday afternoon, and have a drive down to the Jersey shore!!!! You can blog about it next Monday!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally the Tiger Nose sways away from the Honda-copycat feeling. However, with that Volvo S60-ish stance, it doesn't look that original.
      • 3 Years Ago
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