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2025 Kia K4 previewed, will replace Cerato in Australia

Kia has sent out some teaser images of its upcoming K4 small sedan. This is essentially going to be the replacement of the Cerato in Australia.

Confusingly, the current Cerato is badged as the K3 (and Forte) in some markets, but now it will switch to the K4 name, yet jumping to Hyundai-Kia’s K3 platform. The current Cerato is based on the K2 platform, even though it is badged as a K3 in some markets.

Either way, it means the popular Cerato nameplate will soon be gone. This is part of a global push to uniform names across markets, especially for small passenger cars. Although a sedan is being previewed here, a hatchback is expected as well, if a little later.

2025 Kia K4 preview - side profile

The new K4 is reportedly a bit bigger than the current Cerato sedan, with suggestions that it will represent some similarities with the i30 Sedan (Elantra). Taking a look at these preview images, it certainly has a low-profile stance like the Elantra.

Specs and powertrain details are yet to be uncovered, but our bet is it will be offered with the same 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid that was recently introduced in the i30 Sedan Hybrid. In that, the system develops 104kW and 265Nm, offering a very low fuel consumption average of just 3.9L/100km.

A 1.6-litre turbo is expected to carry over as well, along with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder.

2025 Kia K4 preview - taillights

As for the design, well, it looks very elegant, with soft but firm edges joining the front and rear ends. Evidence of a near-full-width taillight treatment at the back and a curvaceous roofline confirm this will be a modern package. In a statement, Kia describes the design, saying:

“The images evoke an exceptional fusion of advanced technology and alluring aesthetics seamlessly encapsulated within the K4’s sleek contours. Sinuous flowing lines impart an aura of sleek sophistication, subtly entwined with ample space and practicality and a pure sporting ambience.”

The full reveal will take place on March 21, ahead of its public debut at the 2024 New York International Auto Show starting on March 27. Australian market details are yet to be officially announced but local arrival is expected late this year or early next year.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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