Kia has released proper photos of the coming 2013 Forte/Cerato and hints at the details to be found under the attractive new sheetmetal. As Kia tells us, this new Forte is plainly longer, lower and wider than the current model, and its longer wheelbase will provide more interior room, although we don't know how it compares to the current model or the competition.

This isn't just a new look. The 2013 Forte has an entirely new bodyshell structure and LED lamps all around. A revised engine lineup promises "class-leading fuel economy." We should know more soon enough. For now there's a press release posted below to accompany the images released so far.
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Kia Cerato (Forte) sedan becomes longer, lower and wider

- Sleeker profile, plus futuristic and dynamic styling
- Extended wheelbase delivers increased cabin space


(SEOUL) July 29, 2012 – The all-new version of Kia's global best-selling model, the Cerato compact sedan (also known as Forte in some countries), is scheduled to go on sale during the first quarter of 2013 at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets.

Longer, lower and wider than the current car, with an extended wheelbase, the next generation Cerato will be manufactured with an all-new bodyshell structure.

Featuring futuristic and dynamic styling, the all-new Cerato features a sleeker profile, LED front and rear lamps and a chrome-finished beltline.

All-new Cerato, to be called 'K3' in Kia's home market of South Korea, will also boast improved quality, upgraded equipment, a more spacious cabin and a revised engine line-up that delivers class-leading fuel economy.

After going on sale in Korea later this year, the all-new Cerato sedan will appear at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets during the first quarter of 2013.

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About Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com)
A maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-hearts -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.5 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 149 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$39 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks a little Ford Focus in the tail-light design.
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss the days when cars were angular, and sharp. This isn't bad; certainly more upscale than the current Forte. Just not a fan of the current trend of swoopiness.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      It certainly looks better than the Elantra...but then again that's not a hard thing to do.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks great, but damn, those rear taillights are totally ripping off the Ford Modeo, and to a lesser extent, the Ford Focus sedan's rear as well. http://image.motortrend.com/f/34658352+w786+ar1/2011-ford-mondeo-sedan-rear-three-quarter.jpg
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Look at their new Fusion and come again.
      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the class it competes in (Corolla, Civic, Mazda 3, Dart, Focus, etc.), I think it looks good BUT agree w/the rear-end comments; the lights are a tad too big/over-sized. I'm sure it will sell considerably well given the content/features vs price vs competition, so kudos to Kia.
      Curtis
      • 2 Years Ago
      someone doesn't like this car, look at all the -1 ratings on the comments lol
        Curtis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Curtis
        I should rephrase that. Someone doesn't like Korean cars. I think it looks great, the front end is great, the side profile is attractive, the back end leaves me wanting (but it isn't ugly).
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's time for KIA to ditch those silly hamster teeth
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      More junk from KIA.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        The only brands that are junk right now are Mitsubishi and Suzuki.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        looks like you own junk yourself Cadillacftw.
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Ok, but what does some copying of other styles have to do with building qualty affordable cars? Even domestic car companies copy some styling from European companies, notably German cars.
        Cadillacftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        At least the " junk" I own according to you does not copy styling for EVERY other automaker. I have no problem with taking a few styling cues, but KIA/Hyundai have been stealing designs from EVERY automaker. I can not believe they have gotten away with it for this long. As much as I try to like them, I just can't respect a brand that can't design a car that is distinctive. I am not here to troll about Cadillac, we actually own a F10 535xi and a 2009 Mercedes Benz S550. I like every brand that gives me a reason to like them.
          Arjay225
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          Would you say similar to Honda and Toyota? Chevy too? Even some similarities in new Fords. Im not much of an opinionated person, and i respect your post and thoughts, but i cant stand it when people accuse Hyundai/Kia about coping other auto makers. I see influences in some cars, but not every car and every automaker. Plus when people don't know facts(talking about cars in the past not necessarily this one), meaning H/K's concept cars which would debut years ahead of the production, and then someone accuses them of coping. Read my earlier post about this car, it talks about the rear end.
          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
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      Leet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember when Honda accused the Koreans of copying their designs. Hey Honda....maybe you should copy the Koreans lol
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leet
        Not that hard to remember considering the last Forte was a copy of the Civic.
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      The previous Forte (especially the Koup) was one of the best looking econobox around. Superbly clean, sharp lines and probably one of Schreyer best designs. I know things need to evolve, but this looks just like all other cars in its segment. It's not bad, but it definitely won't stand out in the masses of Focuses and Elantras.
        EG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric
        No. current Forte is boring, bland, and looks like something out of 1998. New forte is finally caught up with the rest of the good looking Kia lineup.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric
        I agree (besides your point on the previous Forte. I really like the Koup though).
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      Korean cars - looks great, drives like sh!t.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy915
        They still have a way to go on their drive dynamics, no question. Still, it doesn't seem to be hurting their sales.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy915
        Looks ok, drives worse than that.
        Blake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy915
        No... not really. There's not much to get an enthusiast's heart racing, but there's nothing that bad about the driving dynamics.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Outline is very much like it's Elantra sibling, but I prefer KIA styling details over the Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture theme.
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