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2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
  • 2013 Kia Cerato front 3/4

  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
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  • 2013 Kia Cerato at the Santiago Motorshow in Chile
  • 2013 Kia Cerato interior

Kia has already released official images of its next-generation Cerato, but thanks to Chilean blogger Ramón Rivera Notario, we have our first live look at what will become the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. The new Cerato, also known as the K3 in South Korea, is currently on display at the Santiago Motor Show.

The new Forte's styling is a clear departure from the current boxy design, and borrows heavily from Kia's upcoming flagship, the Quoris. These images also give us our first official look inside the new Cerato/K3/Forte, whose dark, upscale cabin is in keeping with what we've seen in other recent Kia releases. There's still no word on the powertrain we'll see in the new Forte, but a highway fuel economy rating of at least 40 miles per gallon, like the related Hyundai Elantra, is probably a safe bet.

We expect it the U.S.-market debut of the redesigned Forte next year at the either the Chicago or New York Auto Show. Until then, be sure to check out the live images sent in from Ramón Rivera Notario as well as a few images Kia has already released. You can also read Mr. Notario's coverage (his copy is posted in both English and Spanish) here.


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      Antonio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was this KIA the ONLY car to debut in Chile?
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a big step back for KIA. Current Forte (especially Koup) looks pretty sharp, this looks like another one of them Korean overcreased, overdesigned econoboxes (hello Hyundai). First thing I thought when I looked at it "Yaris?"
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Terrific. FWD Korean BMW knock-off styling. :-S
      zoomy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holyshit, they just took a Ford Focus and put bucktooth Hamster teeth in the grill
      CJ_313
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually like the current U.S. Forte better. It's not as outrageously overstyled as most of KIA's current lineup, but it's clean and purposeful-looking, and the Forte Koup still turns heads. On this new one, the Ford Focus/Fusion tail lamps are probably the biggest disappointment as they simply look too similar, the wheels in the photos look very Ford-inspired also.
        h15a5h1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_313
        US forte was just a ripoff of the previous gen US-spec civic. they just opened up a 3d file of a civic and dragged/pulled lines around until it became a forte. just google search "kia forte civic copy" and look at the 1st image diagram you see. this new one is definitely heavily lifted off of ford design language, and check out the front bumper ; its plagiarised from volvo's design language, especially the volvo s60 - r-design styling.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_313
        which current Kia is 'outrageously overstyled'??? The Optima?? Sorento?
          CJ_313
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kahz
          My mistake, I meant KIA's parent company, Hyundai.
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had to go back to the pictures again. All these Ford comments. I don't see it at all. Tail lights possibly but Kia has done a much better job than Ford. They flow better with the lines of the car. It's too bad some people just can't give Kia it's props. As an automotive line, they have some of the best styling right now. People keep saying that they copy this or that. If you have that in your mind, regardless of what you see you will apparently see something. As a whole, this looks to be another huge step for Kia.
        CJ_313
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        I think it's Ford who you aren't giving "props" to based on your inability to see how much of this design mimics newer Ford models. KIA/Hyundai has indeed made progress in recent years as a whole, but they are still plagiarists.
      J*zz Muff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see - this is what the car I bought two years ago, and subsequently sold a year later because it was a piece of ****, should have been to begin with.
      Solider 95B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks awesome. Looks much better than the current slab sided econobox we have now.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks nice from outside, but the interior has a cheap VW look. Hyundai/Kia is better than that.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        LOL. Kia is better than VW at making interiors. That is the funniest thing I've heard all day. That's like saying Kia is better than Ford at making pickups.
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MJC
          I know, truth hurts. Now that you mention it, VW sucks even more at exterior design. Their design boss admitted it himself. VW is the Huawei of automotive world - bland, tasteless, uninspiring products.
      Solji
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my 2012 forte koup. I wish they had a supercharger because it needs a little more grunt. I like the older models better but i see what they are trying to do. Unfortunately i wont be upgrading to the 2014 because it now looks like the entry level cars for most Brands BLAND AND UGLY.
      Tayab Khan
      • 2 Years Ago
      like
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like the evolution of the 2013 Forte. One very odd design choice with the current model is the A/C vents only move up and down and not side to side, judging by the interior shot, that appears to be remedied in the 2013.
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