Updated Kia Cerato introduces new Kia logo to Singapore



Cycle & Carriage has launched the updated Kia Cerato, which also introduces the brand’s new logo in Singapore; prices start at S$87,999 with COE


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SINGAPORE

Local Kia distributor Cycle & Carriage has unveiled the updated Kia Cerato, and the latest iteration of Kia’s best-selling sedan also marks the introduction of the all-new Kia logo to Singapore.

We previewed the Cerato’s arrival on our shores last month in our news story, and the car has now officially made its debut here via an official launch tonight on Facebook at 8.30pm, and link to watch the live unveiling can be accessed here.

Derryn and Ju-Len walk you through what’s new about the 2021 Kia Cerato – and explain the badge!

Three variants of the Cerato will be available, with prices starting at S$87,999 with COE for the entry-level Cerato L model. The next trim up is the Cerato EX, which retails for S$97,999 inclusive of COE, while the top-spec version is the Cerato GT Line, which boasts a sporty body kit and goes for S$103,999 with COE.


Wondering how the facelifted Cerato GT Line does on Singapore’s roads? We’ve tested it!


Significantly, the pricing of the Cerato undercuts its Korean rival, the Hyundai Avante, as illustrated in the table below:

Kia CeratoCerato LCerato EXCerato GT Line
(Pricing with COE)S$87,999S$97,999S$103,999
Hyundai AvanteAvanteAvante SAvante Elite
(Pricing with COE)S$94,999S$98,999S$104,999

The updated Cerato features a major redesign, with a sharper front end look and a sleeker version of Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille, while the LED headlights are also now slimmer and blends into the grille. The top-spec GT Line variant adds an additional body kit that includes side skirts, a rear boot lid spoiler, red accent paint on the front grille, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Kia has also stacked the Cerato with plenty of features to keep it competitive. While the base model L variant is ostensibly aimed at the budget-conscious customer or fleet buyers, it still comes with a reverse camera and rear parking sensors.

The mid-spec EX version, which is expected to make up the majority of sales, offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster.

Interior of the facelifted Kia Cerato GT Line

Other features on the Cerato EX include adaptive cruise control, an electric parking brake, and high beam assist. It also comes with an extensive list of driver safety assistance systems, such as forward collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic collision warning, blind spot collision warning and lane keeping assist.

The GT Line adds on to the above list with a few more extras, including paddle shifters, electric memory driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, dual zone climate control, a sunroof, a wireless smartphone charger, and blind spot collision avoidance assist. The interior of the GT Line is also decked out with a black leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and carbon fibre interior trim on the doors.

The drivetrain on the Cerato is carried over from the pre-facelift model, with a 1.6-litre engine producing 128hp and 155Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia did not reveal official performance figures, but it is expected to be similar to the previous car’s 0-100km/h time of about 12 seconds, and top speed of 195km/h.

The launch of the updated Cerato also marks the introduction of Kia’s new logo to Singapore. The previous version with the name ‘Kia’ enclosed within an oval has now been replaced by a stylised rendition of the Kia name. The company states that the new logo is a rhythmical, unbroken line that is meant to resemble a handwritten signature, and signifies Kia’s commitment to deliver even more to its customers.

The logo will eventually be featured on all future Kia models that will be launched from this point on, and Cycle & Carriage’s Kia showroom on Alexandra Road (above) will also be revamped to sport the new logo and brand identity.


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