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The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon, Kia’s first ever D-segment tourer, will make its global premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show (86th Salon International de l’Automobile) on 1 March.

Inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept – shown for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – the Optima Sportswagon offers the striking exterior design and high quality interior of the 2016 Optima sedan, with the added practicality and appeal of a tourer bodystyle.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Optima has come to define Kia globally, and is credited with kick-starting the brand’s design-led transformation. The SPORTSPACE concept from 2015 was a clear intention of where we wanted to take the Optima next, and the Sportswagon adds an extra level of style and practicality to the well-received sedan.”

Cole added: “This is an important product for Kia in Europe, and it will increase our presence in this hugely important segment. In Europe, two thirds of all sales in the D-segment, and three quarters of all fleet sales in this class, are made up of tourers, so the Optima Sportswagon will play a critical role in attracting new private and corporate buyers to the brand. This is an important conquest product for Kia.”

The Optima Sportswagon will be available with a choice of efficient and responsive gasoline and diesel powertrains, including a high-powered GT model. The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with a range of innovative safety assistance and infotainment features, ensuring maximum occupant safety, comfort and enjoyment.

The Optima Sportswagon is due to go on sale across Europe in Q4 2016.

The all-new Optima Sportswagon: Kia’s first-ever D-segment tourer

Inspired by the Kia SPORTSPACE concept shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Optima Sportswagon is Kia’s first foray into the competitive D-segment tourer segment. A thoroughly practical vehicle for everyday use, the Optima Sportswagon will also be among the most stylish cars in its class, with a long, lean and dynamic profile. The Sportswagon retains the same width (1,860 mm) and length (4,855 mm) as the sedan, and grows by 5 mm in height (to 1,470 mm) to accommodate the expanded boot.

The new Optima Sportswagon features the same sharp lines and smooth bodywork that has come to define the latest Kia models. While the front of the car remains the same as the Optima sedan, its strong, rising shoulder and gently sloping, swept-back cabin continue for longer to produce its distinctive tourer body shape.
The overhang at the rear adds greater visual volume to the back of the vehicle, though this extra mass is disguised elegantly by the raked rear window and tapering roofline, giving the Sportswagon a genuinely athletic stance in a typically conservative segment.

At the rear of the car, wide LED tail lamps wrap around the corners of the bodywork. The rear bumper houses a single oval exhaust and features an integrated air diffuser, for a sporty finish.

The Optima Sportswagon will be available in Europe in a choice of nine paint colours, and will ride on alloy wheels ranging from 16- to 18-inches in diameter.

High quality interior with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™

The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon offers a premium-quality, driver-focused interior, with features and technologies typically associated with vehicles from the class above.

The wide dashboard, designed along a horizontal plane, helps to create a genuine sense of spaciousness and modernity, with the same high material quality and design that characterises the interior of the Optima sedan. For a quality ambience, the cabin is finished with a high proportion of soft-touch materials, cloth and leather trim in natural tones, and tasteful metallic accents. High levels of soundproofing reduce driver fatigue during long journeys and when travelling over broken surfaces. The new Sportswagon is available with a choice of single- or two-tone colour interior schemes: single-tone (black) or two-tone (dark grey with light grey) in cloth or leather trim. The console is finished in gloss black and chrome.

The same technologies that make the Optima sedan one of the most innovative cars in the D-segment are featured in the Optima Sportswagon – a range of on-board technologies to improve usability, comfort and convenience.

The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with Kia’s latest audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, available with 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment – the latter when specified with the satellite navigation system. DAB digital radio, which is available across a number of European markets, is fully supported with Kia’s AVN.

The Optima Sportswagon will additionally be among first Kia models to feature Android Auto™, designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and Apple CarPlay™ for iPhone 5 or newer. Both systems feature voice control and allow the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road ahead at all times.

Available from launch, Android Auto™ connects to the user’s phone and lets them access smartphone apps and functions through the in-car infotainment system, such as voice-guided Google Maps navigation, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ also lets users stream music from Google Play Music.

Apple CarPlay™ – available on Sportswagon models by the end of 2016 – will enable full Siri voice control to control the phone’s various functions and apps, including navigation via Apple Maps, calls and text dictation. Apple CarPlay™ also supports other audio apps such as music streaming or audiobooks that the user may have downloaded to their iPhone.

The AVN system also offers the full Kia Connected Services package, with up-to-date, driver-oriented information. Provided by technology company TomTom, the broad range of available connectivity features includes live traffic updates, speed camera alerts, local search and weather forecasts. In Europe, the system will be available to Optima Sportswagon buyers free of charge for seven years after the car’s purchase.

The touchscreen infotainment system is paired with a six-speaker audio system as standard, while music lovers can also specify a powerful 590-watt Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, with eight speakers, an external amplifier and subwoofer, and Clari-Fi MP3 restoration technology.

The Optima Sportswagon is available with Kia’s new wireless charger for mobile devices, situated at the base of the central console. The 5W wireless charger lets users charge their phone on the move, without a wire.

With ‘foreign object detection’, the charging system activates when a compatible device is placed on the pad and warns owners when they’ve left a phone on the charger when they leave the vehicle. The system displays the phone’s charging condition on the instrument cluster, and features a safety system to prevent overheating while in use.

The Optima Sportswagon additionally features two USB charging points, one in the front and one in the rear, to allow passengers to charge mobile devices, depending on trim level.

Depending on market, other available features will include: 360-degree Around View Monitor, with four cameras helping the driver to manoeuvre when parking by displaying a birds-eye view of the Optima Sportswagon on the touchscreen; Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), which parks the car automatically in parallel and perpendicular spaces and helps drivers safely leave a parking space; and Dynamic Bending Headlamps, which sweep the road ahead in line with the steering wheel for greater visibility and improved safety at night.

Versatile practicality features and 553-litre cargo capacity

The all-new Optima Sportswagon is the most practical Optima ever, with generous cargo capacity and a range of innovative and useful features to ensure the best possible use of storage space.

The additional cargo space resulting from the tourer bodystyle makes the Optima Sportswagon one of the most practical cars in its class, with 553 litres (VDA) of cargo space behind the second row of seats – 48 litres more than the Optima sedan.

A series of highly ergonomic features in the boot render the car more practical than many other D-segment tourers. These include a safety barrier net built in to the back of the rear seats and pop-up sliding luggage rails to secure individual items which are likely to slide or roll around the boot. A low, flat boot lip, and a Smart Power Tailgate – which opens the boot automatically when the Optima’s smart key is located in close proximity to the rear tailgate – enables owners to load heavy items easily.

Highly-versatile 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats are fitted as standard, enabling owners to slide longer outdoor equipment – such as skis or snowboards – through the central seat, while two rear passengers can still sit in comfort.

High strength bodyshell with active safety technologies

The new Sportswagon offers a high level of safety from its lightweight, high-strength body and high levels of passive and active safety. Kia’s engineers have targeted a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating throughout the Optima Sportswagon’s development programme. The Optima sedan recently scored the maximum five-star rating from the independent safety organisation.

The bodyshell of the Optima Sportswagon benefits from the extensive application of Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), which makes up 51% of the body. AHSS has been used to reinforce the car’s A and B-pillars, side sills, floor and front wheel arches, with particular attention paid to the roof, C-pillar and rear bulkhead, which have been adapted in the Optima’s transition from sedan to tourer.

Inside the strong bodyshell, passive occupant safety is assured with driver, driver knee, passenger, two front side and two curtain airbags all fitted as standard.

The Kia Optima Sportswagon is expected to be a strong performer in Euro NCAP’s increasingly important Safety Assist category thanks to its suite of new active safety technologies designed to avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.

Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) is fitted as standard, ensuring stability under braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering if it detects a loss of traction.

The Optima Sportswagon is available with a wide range of optional active hazard-avoidance technologies, depending on market. These include:

  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC), which automatically adjusts the Optima’s speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)*, which employs a long-range radar detection system to detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the car to a halt
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which detects the Optima’s position in relation to lane markings and takes automatic corrective action if it senses the car starting to draft without the use of indicators
  • High Beam Assist (HBA), which automatically adjusts headlamp range according to other vehicles and road conditions
  • Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), displaying the speed limit in the driver’s instrument cluster based on cameras detecting roadside signs
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD), with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the driver’s blind spot
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which warns against other cars driving behind the Optima in car parks while reversing.

The Optima Sportswagon’s AEB system is unique in its segment in Europe for offering not just a short-range radar, but also a longer-range unit which is able to identify cars and pedestrians further away and at higher speeds than many competitors.

The short-range ‘City’ radar helps drivers to avoid or mitigate the effects of front collisions when travelling under 50 kph, while the longer-range ‘Urban’ radar enables the Optima Sportswagon to detect and respond to obstacles at speeds between 30 and 80 kph. The AEB system’s pedestrian-detection function is designed to identify pedestrians when travelling up to 60 kph and reduce the risk of a collision.

Smooth ride, agile handling and optional electronic suspension

Central to the appeal of the new Optima sedan is its ride comfort, high-speed stability and engaging handling. The Optima Sportswagon’s suspension system has been engineered to isolate vibrations and bumps from poor road surfaces, and while improving handling agility.

The Optima sedan’s fully-independent suspension hardware is carried over for the new Sportswagon derivative, however spring, damper and alignment settings have been adapted for the new tourer due to the new version’s different weight distribution, which is slightly more rear-biased.

The development brief for the Optima’s fully-independent suspension – compared to the last-generation Kia Optima – saw engineers move front and rear subframe mounting points further out towards the edge of the vehicle for a smoother ride over uneven surfaces. Two additional front bushing mounts (now four) increase lateral stiffness, while more robust wheel bearings complete the front suspension changes. The results are evident in the Optima Sportswagon’s quick responses to steering inputs, high level of traction under cornering and stability on motorways and poor surfaces.

At the rear, the Optima’s multi-link suspension features large dual lower-arms with thick, highly energy-absorbent bushings. Further defining the Optima’s ride and handling characteristics, stability and bump absorption are both high.

The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with Kia’s new rack-mounted electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), fitted as standard for European models with the 1.7-litre CRDi engine and GT models, eqpowered by the new 2.0-litre T-GDI engine. Mounted directly on the steering rack, rather than on the column, R-MDPS provides a high level of steering feel and quick, linear responses to driver inputs – particularly around the centre. R-MDPS enhances the Sportswagon’s sharp handling characteristics, and places it among the most agile cars in the D-segment.

Customers can specify an optional electronic controlled suspension system with internal valves (ECS), to deliver ride and handling tailored exclusively to the tastes of European drivers. ECS employs internal valves for each of the four dampers, and is connected to a G-force sensor in the ECU and two G-force sensors built into the front wheels. Using these sensors, ECS detects steering inputs and accelerator pedal position, and monitors road conditions, to adapt the suspension for a firmer, sportier ride or for greater comfort – drivers can choose from ‘sport’ and ‘normal’ modes accordingly. The system provides individualised damping force for each wheel more quickly than ever before. ECS will be available from launch on models fitted with the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine, and will be fitted as standard to all 2.0-litre T-GDI GT models.

Choice of gasoline and diesel power with manual or automatic transmissions

The front-wheel drive Optima Sportswagon will be available with a range of Euro 6-compliant gasoline and diesel engines when it goes on sale across Europe. The Optima Sportswagon offers the choice of either a 1.7-litre CRDi diesel or 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine, while GT models are equipped with Kia’s new high-powered 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine.

Upgraded for its application in the Optima sedan and carried over unchanged in the Sportswagon, the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine will account for the majority of European sales. The engine benefits from a series of modifications, resulting in greater power output and torque, and reduced emissions. Producing 104kW and 340 Nm torque, the upgraded 1.7-litre diesel engine will offer low CO2 emissions and high economy, pending final homologation later in 2016.

The 1.7-litre CRDi engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission or Kia’s new seven-speed double-clutch transmission, capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the turbodiesel engine and engineered to offer a sportier driving experience with smooth and instantaneous gear changes.

The Optima Sportswagon is also available with a 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine, featuring continuously variable valve lift technology for smooth delivery of its 120kW power output and keen accelerative response. The 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine can be specified with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The high-powered Optima Sportswagon GT features Kia’s new 2.0-litre T-GDI GT gasoline engine, which transmits engine power through a six-speed automatic.

Kia Optima Sportswagon on-sale from Q4 2016

The Optima Sportswagon will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2016, with the company’s unique 7-Year/150,000 km warranty as standard. For European markets, the Optima Sportswagon will be built at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.

* The Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from his/her responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at any time. The driver still has to adapt his/her driving behaviour to his/her personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. AEBS is not designed to drive the vehicle autonomously. For further information, please refer to the owner’s manual.

Editor’s note: All technical data in this press release are based on the Optima sedan model and may differ from the Optima Sportswagon. Full technical details of the Optima Sportswagon will be released closer to the official vehicle launch.

ALL NEW KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (EUROPE)

Body and chassis
Four-door, five-seater tourer, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of diesel and gasoline four-cylinder engines driving the front wheels via manual or automatic transmission – depending on model.

Engines
2.0-litre / 120kW CVVL gasoline

Type Four cylinder in-line, naturally aspirated
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1,999 cc
Bore and stroke 81.0 x 97.0 mm
Compression ratio   10.3:1 10.3:1
Max power 163 ps (120 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque 196 Nm (145 lb ft) @ 4,800 rpm
Valves 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Continuously variable valve lift
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b

1.7-litre / 104kW CRDi diesel

Type DOHC, four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity 1.7-litres, 1,685 cc
Bore and stroke 77.2 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Max power 141 ps (104 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque 340 Nm (251 lb ft) @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
Valves 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Common-rail direct injection
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b

2.0-litre / 180kW T-GDI Gasoline

Type Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1,998 cc
Bore and stroke 86.0 x 86.0 mm
Compression ratio 10:1
Max power 245 ps (180 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque 353 Nm (260 lb ft) @ 1,350-4,000 rpm
Valves  16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Direct injection
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b

Transmissions

2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
Manual 6-sp 6-sp
Manual 6-sp 7DCT 6-sp

Gear ratios

            2.0 CVVL                  1.7 CRDi           2.0 T-GDI
MT AT MT        AT AT
1 3.615 4.400 3.615 3.786 4.766
2 2.080 2.726 1.931 2.261 2.946
3 1.387 1.834 1.696 1.957 1.917
4 1.079 1.392 1.241 1.023 1.420
5 0.884 1.000 0.921 0.778 1.000
6 0.744 0.774 0.780 0.837 0.772
7 0.681  —
Reverse 3.000 3.440 3.731 5.074 3.393
Final Drive 1 4.533 3.383 3.765 3.158 2.885

 

Suspension and damping
Front                               Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar
Rear                                Fully-independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

Steering

2.0 CVVL    1.7 CRDi       2.0 T-GDI
Gearing 14.34:1         13.29:1         14:34:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.78                2.6                2.78
Turning circle 5.45 metres
Type Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering
2.0 CVVL Column-mounted electric motor (C-MDPS)
1.7 CRDi Rack-mounted electric motor (R-MDPS)
2.0 T-GDI Rack-mounted electric motor (R-MDPS

Brakes
Front                               300~320 mm ventilated discs (330 mm, 2.0 T-GDI)
Rear                                284~300 mm solid discs (314 mm ventilated discs, 2.0 T-GDI)

Wheels and tyres

Standard Alloy 16-inch, 215/60 R16 tyres
Standard, 2.0 T-GDI Alloy 18-inch, 235/45 R18 tyres
Optional Alloy 17-inch, 215/55 R17 tyres
Alloy 18-inch, 235/45 R18 tyres
Spare Tyre mobility kit

Dimensions (mm)
Exterior

Overall length 4.855 Overall width* 1,860
Overall height 1,470 Wheelbase 2,805
Front track 1,614 Rear track 1,621
Front overhang 965 Rear overhang 1.085
Ground clearance 135

*excluding door mirrors

 Interior

                                        1st row           2nd row
Head room 1,020 970
Leg room 1,155 905
Shoulder room 1,475 1,432
Hip room 1,423 1,422

Capacities
Fuel tank                     70 litres
Luggage (VDA)           553 litres

Weights (kg)

2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
MT AT MT  AT  AT
Curb weight 1,475 1,495 1,545 1,560 TBC
Gross weight 2,070 2,090 2,140 2,150 TBC
Tow capacity, braked 1,700 1,300 1,800 1,500 TBC
Tow capacity, unbraked 750 650 750 750 TBC

*All technical data complies with homologation regulations from other global regions (Russia, Australia, General Markets, Eastern Europe). European homologation is scheduled to take place closer to the car’s launch.

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Kia Stinger Heading For OZ

A talking point of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit event before the doors have been thrown open, the new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia.

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  • Hero performance sedan for Australian showrooms

A talking point of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit event before the doors have been thrown open, the new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia.

The sleek, powerful rear-wheel drive GT fastback sports sedan is expected to make it into Australian showrooms by the end of the third quarter this year.

“This is a car you cannot help but be excited by,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “It has all the attributes to appeal to the Australian enthusiast _ exciting design, a high-tech performance engine and gearbox combination and rear-wheel drive.

“The Stinger is the right car to take Kia, and the brand’s perception, to the next level in Australia. It is the type of car to add desire and excitement to Kia’s core values of style, reliability and value.”

The Stinger will arrive in Australia with the 3.3-litre V6 twin turbo driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission.

While final specifications are still to be settled the Stinger is expected to produce 272kW of power at 6000rpm and an impressive 510Nm of torque from 1300rpm through to 4500rpm. There is an expected 0-100km/h sprint of 5.1 seconds.

“Those are the sort of performance figures which will give the Stinger credibility in any company and add an emotional element to the already compelling practical reasons _ 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price service and 7-year roadside assist _ for considering a Kia,” Mr Meredith said.

Designed in Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt under the hand of Kia’s head of design Peter Schreyer and developed over extensive testing on the grueling Nurburgring under the watchful eye of KMC’s performance and engineering guru Albert Biermann, the Stinger is an uncompromising rendition of the true gran turismo ethos _ nimble and fast, luxurious and quiet with the perfect balance of ride and handling.

“I think for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event,” Biermann said. “Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks, but also the way it drives. It’s a whole different animal.”

To further define the car for Australia, the KMAu ride and handling team will refine the suspension and tuning to ensure Australian buyers are presented with a local tuning package which best suits Australia’s testing roads.

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Refreshed style and new technologies for upgraded 2017 Kia Cerato

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Refreshed style and new technologies for upgraded 2017 Kia Cerato –

  • Updated exterior and interior styling for Cerato hatch and sedan
  • New technologies improve comfort, convenience and safety
  • Greater driver involvement with new Drive Mode Select system
  • Further enhancement for local ride and handling package

New style, new comfort, new technology _ but the same razor sharp pricing, industry leading 7-year warranty and ownership peace of mind. That’s the story with the arrival of Kia’s updated 2017 Cerato.

Cerato has been one of Kia’s most successful global models with more than 3 million sales.

“For Kia Motors Australia, Cerato is a key plank in our sales strategy and a leader for the sub-$20,000 pricing structure of our small car garage,” Kia Motors Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, said.

“With a drive-away price of $19,990 for the S with auto, Cerato represents outstanding value, and that equation is only enhanced by the security and peace of mind of a 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist.”

Mr Meredith said the widely-praised Cerato was just one of the steps through the Kia consideration family which starts with the $14,990 Picanto, moves on to the $16,990 Rio and then to the Cerato.

“Cerato’s place in the Kia family is unquestioned and with the improvements the model upgrade brings, it presents a truly compelling argument for value, safety, quality and practicality.”

Cerato will be available in Australian in two body styles _ four-door sedan and five-door hatch, and four grades _ S, S Premium, Si and SLi.

The Cerato range will feature a single 2.0-litre MPI engine from the proven NU family coupled to a six-speed manual in the S grade models and a six-speed automatic across all four grades.

With drive-away pricing from launch the S manual and auto will be $19,990 with an offer of free automatic. With the optional audio visual unit _ which brings rear view camera, Android Auto and dusk sensing headlights _ the S will be $20,490.

The S Premium is priced from $24,990 drive away with automatic, Si is $28,990 drive away and the range-topping SLi is drive away at $32,490.

Standard equipment levels across the grades are typical of Kia’s philosophy of no compromise on safety and value-added inclusions for comfort and convenience.

All models get standard six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Hill start Assist Control (HAC), and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system.

The Si adds Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) while SLi goes a step further with Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems.

Standard fare in the S includes 16-inch steel wheels with a full size spare, power windows, projector headlights, 3.5-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, adjustable headrests, 60:40 split fold rear seats; Bluetooth phone and streaming and FM/AM radio with CD and MP3 audio. The head unit can be upgraded to include a 7-inch touch screen audio visual unit with reversing camera, Android Auto connection, dusk sensing headlights in a $500 option pack.

The S Premium adds 16-inch alloys with full size alloy spare, dusk sensing headlights, 7-inch LCD touch screen with satellite navigation and rear view camera, along with additional soft-touch interior surfaces.

Moving to the Si adds leather trim seats, rear air vents, auto up and down front windows, smart key with push button start, electric folding mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome accent on exterior door handles and window surrounds, aeroblade wipers, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

At the top of the range the SLi features 17-inch alloy wheels with full size alloy spare, alloy sport pedals, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, LED DRLs, eight-way power driver’s seat adjustment, heated and ventilated driver’s seat and heated passenger seat, sunroof, HID headlights, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

All models fitted with the 7-inch audio visual and satellite navigation screen are hardware compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and can be software flashed when licensing agreements are in place.

Modernized exterior styling

Originally created at Kia’s USA Design Centre in Irvine, California, the updated Cerato benefits from a new, more modern look that emphasizes the ‘dynamic muscularity’ of the car, while retaining its low coupe-like roofline, sleek silhouette and cab-forward styling.

Both sedan and hatchback models get a refresh on the front end with updated black or gloss black trim for Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, as well as newly-designed headlamps, bumper and fog-lamps, and a re-profiled hood. Sedan models also receive a new rear bumper and tail-light design.

The Cerato sedan’s dimensions remain the same (4560mm long with 2700mm wheelbase, 1780mm wide, and 1435mm high), offering buyers ample interior space, high levels of practicality, and the same sporty appearance.

The hatch also retains the same dimensions from the current model with a length of 4350mm, wheelbase of 2700mm, width of 1780mm and height of 1450mm.

The Cerato is available in a single non-premium Clear White colour with seven premium options _ Aurora Black, Gravity Blue, Planet Blue, Snow White Pearl, Metal Stream, Silky Silver and Temptation Red.

New materials and colours for revised cabin

Every model in the new Kia Cerato line-up has received a range of updates to the interior to create a more premium ambience.

Kia’s interior designers have introduced new materials to the dashboard and door trims, as well as to the centre fascia and console hood. The overhead console has a built-in sunglass case, while new metallic trim around the air vents adds to the more modern appearance.

The gearstick has been redesigned for a higher quality look and feel, as well as improving comfort when actuating shifts.

The cabins of the upgraded Cerato sedan and hatchback are available in two seat trims, a black leather-trim in Si and SLi grades and a stylish hard-wearing black cloth treatment for S and S Premium.

For SLi buyers the driver’s seat is heated and ventilated while the passenger will enjoy the comfort of a heated seat.

New technologies improve safety, driver enjoyment and cabin comfort

Upgrades to the 2017 Kia Cerato go beyond visual modifications, with a range of new technologies to improve safety, convenience, comfort and driver enjoyment on the various grades.

Sedan and hatchback models in Si trim will receive Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert while the SLi models will add Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors cars behind the Cerato and provides drivers with both and audible warning and a visual warning in the door mirror when another vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot. BSD has been designed to improve safety during high-speed driving, where frequent lane changes either side of the car can increase the potential for an accidental collision.

Across the model range all Cerato will feature Kia’s extensive safety pack with Anti-lock Brakes System, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Management suite and Emergency Stop Signal.

There are six airbags across the range with front and rear parking sensors standard. S Premium, Si and SLi grades will have a standard reversing camera while the AV unit and camera are optional on the S model.

Improved suspension suited to Australian conditions

Already tuned for Australian roads, the new Cerato has been further improved through an extensive re-visiting of suspension by Kia Motors Australia’s bespoke tuning program.

Guided by suspension guru Graeme Gambold, the KMAu team has turned thousands of local testing kilometres into revised front springs _ stiffer to improve balance between ride comfort and handling while inspiring confidence on higher speed roads _ and improved damper compliance.

The upgraded damper valving technology _ featuring square orifice pistons _ allowed for more focused local tuning resulting in greatly improved ride quality without sacrificing handling precision.

Improvements to the Cerato’s column mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS) comprised revised steering tuning and improved hardware to refine weight, feel and confidence for the driver.

An upgrade to the steering motor, a more powerful ECU (up from 16bit to 32bit) offering improved motor control and logic control cycle, and increased stiffness in the column shaft, bushings and steering gear all add up to better connection between the driver and the road.

All automatic models will have the benefit of Kia’s Drive Mode Select system which features three modes of steering engagement _ Normal, Eco and Sport.

2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmissions

The 2017 Kia Cerato is available with a single highly-efficient four-cylinder MPI engine from the NU family, coupled to either a six-speed manual (S) or six-speed automatic (S, S Premium, Si and SLi) driving through the front wheels.

The 112kW and 192Nm power plant is Euro IV compliant and returns fuel efficiency of 7.1L/100km for hatch and sedan in both manual and automatic on the combined cycle.

Utilising the weight saving of cylinder blocks and heads made of cast aluminum, the multi-point injection technology of the NU engines aids in producing low emissions and high efficiency.

The upgrades to the third-generation Cerato are all targeted at improving safety, comfort, convenience, and driver enjoyment.

The changes will boost the model’s appeal in a highly-competitive C-segment, and reinforce its position as one of Kia’s biggest-selling export models. The Cerato is manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung facility in Korea.

Pricing (RRP and drive away)

S manual:                                $19,990 drive away
S auto:                                    $22,290 ($19,990 drive away)
S with AV and auto:               $22,790 ($20,490 drive away)
S Premium auto:                     $24,990 drive away
Si auto:                                   $28,990 drive away
SLi auto:                                 $32,490 drive away

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New 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

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US Spec 2017 Kia Sportage SX SX Turbo 2WD

New 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

  • Prestigious safety award earned under new, more rigorous IIHS requirements

(SEOUL) April 11, 2016 – Demonstrating Kia Motors’ ongoing commitment to safety and continuous improvement, the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned the highest designation possible – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The rating reflects top scores in each of five crashworthiness tests as well as the integration of driver assistance technologies to aid in crash prevention.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

IIHS testing parameters were changed for 2016, requiring each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for a TSP+.
The 2017 Sportage is available with a wide range of driving-assistance systems and safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)1, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1 with Lane Change Assist (LCA)1, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)1, and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)1 technology, high-beam assist (HBA)1, and front and rear parking assist1.

Furthermore, the structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the Sportage’s body-in-white consisting of AHSS, versus the outgoing model’s 18 percent, torsional rigidity has improved 39 percent. In addition, the Sportage utilises more than a football field’s length (338 feet) of structural adhesives.

Editor’s note: All technical specifications and standard/optional features in this press release refer to the U.S. model and may differ from models marketed in other regions.

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