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Kia K4: The replacement for the Cerato makes its debut in New York

Kia K4: The replacement for the Cerato makes its debut in New York

Kia introduced the new K4 at the New York Auto Show. The compact car that will replace the Cerato (Forte in other markets) promises a level of standard technology that beats the segment with advanced driver assistance systems, as well as great interior comfort.

“The new K4 reinforces Kia’s commitment to delivering high-performance, technologically advanced sport sedans,” said Steven Center, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Kia America, adding that “success in the compact segment means offering more of the features customers want.” You want, and the K4 is designed to exceed expectations.

Details of the new model can be seen through the exterior design, where the design principles of “uniting opposites” are highlighted.

“By combining the fastback roofline with the wide stance of the K4, we split the visual difference between the compact and midsize segments,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer at Kia's Design Center of America, who added that “the creative tension that underscores the The “Opposites United” design language allowed us to improvise on the traditional three-box form factor.

The new Kia K4 is 4,709 mm long and 1,849 mm wide, which is the largest in its class, which will also allow rear seat passengers to enjoy the journey more comfortably.

Aesthetically, the headlights and taillights feature LED technology and are vertically oriented like the EV9, creating clear edges across the light signature.

Hidden rear door handles on the C-pillar emphasize the proportions of the K4's rear, to which is added a boot with a capacity of more than 400 litres.

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Inside, a space that has been kept secret, you can see the dashboard with a floating panel covering nearly 30 inches that carries the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system with OTA (over the air) capability, which first appeared in the flagship EV9 and which allows for over-the-air updates. after.

The system integrates digital displays for the instrument panel and infotainment center. For those interested in connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Now, if you're looking for something a little more premium, there'll be a Harman Kardon audio system, heated and ventilated front seats as well as a sunroof and voice assistant.

The new Kia K4 will also feature safety. In this case, it will offer eight airbags and various driver aids, ranging from automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, to front and rear cross-traffic warning, blind spot warning, active lane control, surround view camera, and others.

In terms of the engine, although Kia is moving towards electrification of its range, the K4 will keep the internal combustion engines.

Thus, two gasoline options will be offered: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a power of 147 horsepower linked to a CVT box, and a 1.6-liter turbo engine with a power of 190 horsepower with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard for both.

GT-Line versions add paddle shifters, sports pedals and a multi-link rear suspension that adds lateral stiffness for a sporty driving experience.

If you're wondering about electric options, Kia is working on an EV4 hatchback and an EV5 crossover, but we'll have to wait a little longer.

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