09 Technical Specifications (Eastern Europe)

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February 2009

01 Introduction

New style and new technologies for New Cerato
02 Styling & Design

Powerful, dynamic styling, plus a new ‘face of Kia’
03 Comfort & Convenience

High-tech features enhance a spacious interior
04 Refinement

Clever design and engineering solutions minimise NVH
05 Engines & Transmissions

Powertrains that balance performance and fuel economy
06 Suspension & Running Gear

Fun-to-drive handling, sharp steering and a fine ride
07 Safety

Well equipped with ‘active’ and ‘passive’ systems
08 Equipment (Eastern Europe)

Standard and optional equipment for LX, EX and SX models
09 Technical Specifications (Eastern Europe)

Model by model, full technical details.
10 Equipment (Middle East & Africa)

Standard and optional equipment for LX, EX and SX models
11 Technical Specifications (Middle East & Africa)

Model by model, full technical details.

New style and new technologies for Kia’s New Cerato
Kia Motor’s all-new Kia Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) has a crucial role to play in the corporation’s future fortunes. It must overcome two tough challenges – it replaces a hugely popular current model (known as the Spectra in some markets) and it re-enters what is arguably the world’s most important market sector – the ultra-competitive C-segment.
Kia’s New Cerato has been re-created from the ground up to challenge cars like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Ford Focus all around the world and improve Kia’s fortunes by capturing a larger market share – repeating the success achieved by the Kia cee’d in Europe.
Kia designers and engineers concentrated on eight key areas while developing New Cerato: dynamic styling, class-leading performance, increased fuel economy, improved ride/handling balance, greater cabin comfort, enhanced overall safety, the introduction of new technologies and maintained functionality.
The New Cerato four-door sedan will be joined by an exciting two-door coupe model, which will be introduced in late 2009. The five-door hatchback bodystyle available for the current model will be introduced in 2010.
Styled under the direction of Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the previously conservative appearance has been put aside and New Cerato embodies Kia’s new design DNA in its most complete form so far.
“Design gives a soul to the product and the future of Kia products lies in balance, clarity and purpose. Our all-new Cerato embodies that philosophy. Breaking away from traditional forms, New Cerato is a design that notches up the visual standards of C-segment cars. Without any extraneous features, its crisp, clean exterior styling conveys a powerful and dynamic image that exudes speed,” observes Schreyer.
New Cerato is available globally with a choice of 2-litre and 1.6-litre gasoline engines, with manual or automatic transmissions, in a selection of 11 exterior colours and three interior colours, with a broad choice of equipment/trim levels and a vast range of factory-fitted optional extras.
Marketing New Cerato in all regions outside of Western Europe
Kia’s market research anticipates that the New Cerato will greatly strengthen its position among the company’s top-sellers when the car has been launched in the Korean, North American, Middle East, African and East European markets.
In 2008, Cerato (and its Spectra sibling) was the best-selling Kia car in overseas markets with more than 192,000 delivered to customers – up 3% over 2007, to beat the B-segment Kia Rio (153,963 units), Kia Sportage compact SUV (149,293) and C-segment Kia cee’d (148,846).
The latest Cerato model will not be marketed in Western Europe where demand for C-segment cars is satisfied by the Slovakian-built award-winning Kia cee’d family of five-door hatchback, wagon and three-door pro_cee’d coupe models.
Manufacturing of the New Cerato sedan for overseas markets started in December 2008. The New Cerato is built at the Hwasung facility in Korea which also produces the Kia Mohave SUV, which is known as the Borrego in some markets.

Powerful, dynamic styling, plus the new ‘face of Kia’
With its shorter front overhang, chiselled surface composition, wedge profile and crisp trunk contours, the 4.5-metre long New Cerato raises C-segment car design to a new level of sophistication. Its sharp exterior styling conveys a powerful and dynamic image that exudes speed.
Featuring some visual elements also shared with the 2009 Kia Magentis sedan and the all-new Kia Soul urban crossover, the New Cerato is the most complete embodiment of Kia’s new family – so far.
The bold frontal styling incorporates the ‘Schreyer Line’ radiator grille, first seen on the Kee and Koup concept cars. The grille symbolises a roaring tiger’s countenance and blends seamlessly into the New Cerato’s four-light, black bezel headlamps. Front fender blisters hint at the power beneath the bonnet, while the wide front bumper, with its large lower air intakes, amplifies the car’s sportiness.
The profile’s sweeping upper belt line and concave lower character lines reinforce the feeling of dynamic motion and the Cerato’s side view is further enhanced by the availability of large diameter 17-inch alloy wheels, fitted with low profile 215/45 R17 tyres.
The rear view intensifies the Cerato’s sporty image with an aerodynamic trunk lid, multi-colour combination lamps – complete with bamboo-like lens composition – and black lower bumper garnish with chrome exhaust tailpipe. The sharply contoured line of the trunk edge heightens the car’s aerodynamic qualities as well as creating a distinctive appearance.
New Cerato is available in a choice of 11 exterior colours that include two solid paint finishes (Clear White and Ebony Black) and nine metallic colours (Sweet Orange, Spicy Red, Bright Silver, Metal Bronze, Light Graphite, Champagne Gold, Santorini Blue, Dark Cherry and Titanium Silver). The final line-up of colours may vary depending on individual markets.
New Cerato is 30 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 10 mm lower than the previous model and features a wheelbase also extended by 40 mm to ensure that five adults can be comfortably accommodated. Following modern design trends and improving both stability and handling, the track is increased by 62 mm front and 79 mm rear (up to 39 mm more than the body), pushing the wheels towards the vehicle’s outer extremity for a bolder stance.
Dimensions Comparison (mm)
New Kia Cerato Current Cerato Difference

Length 4530 4500 + 30

Width* 1775 1735 + 40

Height 1460 1470 - 10

Wheelbase 2650 2610 + 40

Front track 1557 1495 + 62

Rear track 1564 1485 + 79

Front overhang 895 915 - 20

Rear overhang 985 975 + 10

*excluding door mirrors

High-tech features enhance a spacious interior
Kia is sure that the New Cerato’s interior will please customers with its generous proportions, two-tier dashboard design, high-quality fit, discreet metal-finish accents and high-tech features. Customers will be offered a choice of three equipment levels – LX, EX and SX – plus a wide range of options.
The longer wheelbase and wider bodyshell ensure that the cabin is even more spacious than the current model. Front legroom is increased by 13 mm, while shoulder room is enhanced by 15 mm (front) and 20 mm (rear), and the side sill height is lowered by 14 mm giving easier access to the interior.
Every New Cerato driver will be able to create the ideal driving environment thanks to the multi-adjustable seat, and the tilt and reach adjustable (both +20/-20 mm) thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel that incorporates several minor controls.
Incorporating elements of Kia’s developing design DNA, the ‘three-cylinder’ instrument cluster has clear and precise graphics. A similar cluster design is also fitted to the 2009 Kia Magentis and the new Kia Soul.
A ‘Super Vision’ cluster with reddish lighting is available with a new ‘message centre’ digital information display at the bottom of the cluster. This display gives information about fuel level, engine temperature, door- or trunk-open alerts and fuel consumption. When RPAS (Rear Parking Assist System) is fitted and reverse gear is engaged, the message centre also displays a plan-view graphic showing the New Cerato in relation to any obstructions.
The centre stack is designed to appear to ‘float’ above the dashboard and presents heating, ventilation, audio and auxiliary controls in logical horizontal bands, with detailing that echoes a premium audio system. The stack features ‘Negative LCD’ illumination which brings a reddish glow to the cabin interior and reflects Kia’s developing design identity.
Every New Cerato is equipped with a four-speaker audio system (four door speakers) and offers the option of a six-speaker audio system (two dash-top tweeters and four door speakers), plus a choice of three radio/CD players and the option of MP3 and iPod connectivity. Remote controls for the audio system are mounted on the steering wheel.
The interior can be trimmed in one of three fabrics – Black one-tone, Brown two-tone or Grey two-tone – or the optional leather, also in a choice of three colours. Contrasting tastefully with the cabin trim, several style accents can be selected by buyers – in a variety of Black High-gloss, Soft Metal or Chrome coating finishes – for the interior door handles, steering wheel, door trims, transmission console and the centre stack.
For maximum versatility when accommodating people and cargo, the New Cerato’s rear seat backrest is split 60/40 and folds almost flat to extend available trunk space.
Storage has been increased with two cupholders (front and rear), a dashboard glove box that is 20% larger and a ceiling-mounted drop-down sunglasses holder. Luggage space in New Cerato is now among the ‘class-best’ as cargo capacity is increased by 17% and the higher and wider trunk now accommodates a total of 415 litres compared to 354 litres in the previous model.

Clever design and engineering solutions minimise NVH
While designing and engineering New Cerato, Kia’s research and development team concentrated on maximising the vehicle’s refinement and minimising NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
The NVH quest began with the car’s exterior styling which features smooth shapes, no unnecessary detailing and tight panel gaps, so the vehicle generates minimum wind noise. A lowered front bumper bottom lip (down 40 mm), flatter wheel designs with open areas reduced from 22% to 18%, underfloor airflow deflectors ahead of all four wheels, and an engine bay underfloor cover, all help New Cerato to achieve a 3% reduction in drag. The Cd figure is now a highly competitive 0.29, and engineers achieved a 6% reduction in aerodynamic lift so that the new car’s Cl is 0.16.
A stiff bodyshell structure is an excellent foundation for creating a vehicle with good NVH qualities. New Cerato features a much higher percentage (63%) of high-tensile strength steel compared to the current car. Significant improvements to the bodyshell include stronger A-pillars, reinforced rear floor members and central floor tunnel, plus more rigid joints between the dashboard bulkhead and the A-pillars and the use of 120 kg grade high-tensile steel in the B-pillars and side sills – compared to 35 kg grade in the current car.
Other NVH-reduction measures include all-new noise lowering materials for the engine bay bulkhead and the rear parcel shelf, the injection of sound-dampening foam into hollow sections of the bodyshell at strategic noise-transference points and the fitting of improved door and window seals.

Powertrains that balance performance and fuel economy
Kia’s New Cerato is available with a choice of two DOHC four-cylinder gasoline engines featuring CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) and four valves per cylinder. Both engines feature all aluminium construction and are offered with a choice of either manual or automatic transmission.
Replacing the ‘Beta’ engine used in earlier Cerato models, Kia’s new 2-litre Theta II engine delivers more power, improved durability, enhanced refinement and reduced fuel consumption and emissions. This 1,998 cc powerunit has a cast aluminium block, cylinder head and sump.
Special features include a highly durable timing chain engineered to minimise noise, a single ‘serpentine’ rubber belt to run all the ancillary components, a catalytic converter integrated into the exhaust system to release more power and redesigned exhaust ports that reduce exhaust gas temperature and improve fuel efficiency at high-speeds.
New Cerato buyers demanding maximum performance will choose the Theta II engine. It generates a highly competitive power (156 ps at 6,200 rpm) which is a 9% improvement over the ‘Beta’ engine and peak torque of 19.8 kg.m (194.2 Nm) at 4,300 rpm. The engine can propel the new Cerato to 100 kph in a brisk 9.3 seconds and power it to a top speed of 200 kph.
Two versions of 1.6 Gamma for different markets
Of similar design and construction, the 1.6-litre Gamma engine produces maximum power of 124 ps at 6,300 rpm, while peak torque is 15.9 kg.m at 4,200 rpm – in its ‘Middle East & Africa’ version. A second version of this 1,591 cc engine is manufactured for Eastern European markets with the power and torque raised a little to 126 ps and 16.0 kg.m. This smaller capacity engine also incorporates the new ‘special features’ of the 2-litre unit and delivers a lively performance with acceleration to 100 kph taking just 10.3 seconds and top speed only slightly lower at 190 kph.
New Cerato features a dashboard mounted engine Start/Stop button and Smart Key technology is also available.
As standard in New Cerato, both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission with ‘high’ top ratios (0.702:1 for the 2.0 and 0.839 for the 1.6) for reduced engine revs and improved fuel economy when cruising at high speeds. Two different five-speed transmissions are offered to handle the different torque outputs of the 1.6 and 2.0 engines. Both gearboxes deliver customer benefits in the form of an enhanced shift feel thanks to multi-cone synchronizers and easier selection of reverse gear – now left and forwards of first gear.
As an alternative, both engines can be ordered with a four-speed automatic transmission equipped with a light weight ‘flat-type’ compact torque converter and, in the cabin, a gate-type shift pattern and offers the driver a choice of two operating modes.
For town driving, fully automatic mode delivers all the usual benefits. For greater driver involvement, sport mode allows clutch-less sequential manual gear changes – up or down, one ratio at a time – simply by pushing the selector lever forwards to change up and back to change down.

Fun-to-drive handling, sharp steering and a refined ride
Kia chassis engineers were determined to give the New Cerato a sophisticated ride/handling balance that ensures a smooth ride, and fun-to-drive characteristics, with precise and rewarding responses to driver inputs.
Mounted on a lightweight hydro-formed subframe, the front suspension employs MacPherson struts (like the current Cerato), but with wider ‘L’-shaped lower-arms for enhanced high-speed stability and an increased castor angle (from 2.49 to 4.22 degrees) for greater self-centring and a sharper steering ‘feel’ in town driving.
For New Cerato, an all-new CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) rear suspension replaces the previous multi-link set-up. It is a suspension system now favoured by many of the world’s leading auto makers. It is a simpler, much more compact and lighter design saving 12 kg compared to the previous car. The shock absorbers and coil springs are mounted separately, resulting in a compact system that maximises interior cabin and cargo space by minimising suspension intrusion.
An additional benefit of the new rear suspension layout is that its more robust structure gives the under-seat fuel tank added protection in a rear impact. During an 84 kph crash test no fuel leaked from the tank.
For precise vehicle control and good ‘feel’ the New Cerato’s steering uses a speed-sensitive hydraulically power-assisted rack-and-pinion system with high gearing – just 2.89 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock. Clever front suspension design results in a highly competitive turning circle of just 10.32 metres or 10.78 metres when 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted.
As an option, electric power-assisted steering (MDPS – motor driven power steering) can be specified. This system reduces the lock-to-lock steering wheel turns to 2.8 and also gives an estimated 2 ~ 3% fuel-saving.
For powerful and stable braking, all New Cerato models are equipped with 280 mm ventilated front discs as standard. Depending on individual markets, the rear braking system features either 203 mm drum brakes or 262 mm solid rear disc brakes. Either as standard or an option, ABS anti-lock and EBD brake force distribution systems are available – again depending on individual markets.

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