2021 Kia Cerato facelift leaked in assembly manual


Korean brand’s small car to score sharper styling and digital instruments, a leaked workshop manual reveals.

The upcoming 2021 Kia Cerato has leaked once again ahead of its full reveal.

Snippets of a workshop assembly manual posted on the Bobaedream forum (via Autospy) showcase the new Cerato‘s front-end in a higher resolution than the undisguised spy photos published in March 2021, with Kia‘s new corporate logo sitting front and centre.

New halogen or LED headlights are connected by a slimmer ‘tiger nose’ grille, and sit above a sculpted lower intake design reminiscent of the new-generation K5 mid-size sedan (née Optima) sold in overseas markets.

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Annotations on the image confirm the facelifted Cerato will continue to offer a 1.6-litre ‘T-GDi’ turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, with outputs not expected to change from the pre-facelift flagship GT’s 150kW and 265Nm.

However, contrary to previous rumours, the 1.6-litre mill won’t be upgraded to Hyundai/Kia’s new, more efficient SmartStream family, meaning combined fuel consumption shouldn’t differ from the current GT’s 6.8L/100km claim.

Of more interest to buyers of the wider 2.0-litre Cerato range is confirmation the updated model will offer a digital instrument cluster for the first time (below), with images showing what appears to be the 10.25-inch unit employed in the new Hyundai i30 Sedan.

Alongside the workshop manual leak, a blurry spy photo shared on Spanish spy forum Cochespias (bottom) provides our first look at the facelifted sedan’s rear-end.

While the resolution of the image makes specific details hard to discern, changes over the pre-facelift model appear to be limited to a new LED tail-light signature, a restyled lower bumper design and the addition of the new Kia logo.

Given the frequency of new leaks and spy photos, the new 2021 Kia Cerato should make its full debut in the coming weeks, rather than months.

An Australian launch has previously been confirmed for May 2021.

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