Kia to unveil new K3 compact sedan at Detroit auto show

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Kia provided a sneak peek of the redesigned Forte sedan ahead of its January 15 introduction at the Detroit auto show. At the time, it was unclear if this auto would be the Cerato or Europe's new C'eed, and it may indeed end up launching as both. While the third-generation Cerato retains its sporty and youthful image, it has graduated with a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. The rationale goes something like this: if you want a three-box sedan design, get a crossover and enjoy more room. K3 is the Korean domestic market name for our Cerato, so this is a preview of the upcoming next-generation Kia Cerato, also known as the Forte in some markets. For now, there's much to like, including a redesigned version of the Kia "tiger-nose" grille. The vehicle is sold as the Forte in the USA market. At the rear, there are new taillights that remind us of those on the current Kia Sportage SUV. With a "less is more approach", Kia thought best to make a clutter-free cabin by using clean horizontal lines and installing less buttons for in-car systems. Since there aren't any console-mounted control buttons on the drawing, the driver could have to poke at the multimedia screen for accessing basic controls.

Kia has released official sketches of the all-new Kia K3 and it looks rather stunning, even after our auto tone down mechanism kicked in, as it must for sketches. Inside, the Stinger inspirations continue with aeronautical references to the vents, and that same horizontal theme.