2016 Kia Cerato spotted-01

Korean websites, Bobaedream and Motorgraph are showing pictures of the facelifted Kia Forte K3 parked somewhere in South Korea, undisguised. Over in Malaysia, the Forte is badged as the Kia Cerato, so this design could be an indication of what we can expect in the near future.

Overall, the design changes look quite subtle especially in the back, despite what was said previously. The Tiger Nose grille appears to be a tad larger and more prominent now. In addition to that, the signature grille now seems to be linked to newly-designed boomerang-shaped headlamps, probably inspired by the fourth-gen Kia Sportage.

The front bumper also looks as though it has been refashioned, with air inlets at the corners. Down the back, minor changes can be found on the bumper and the rear lamp cluster design.

2016 Kia Cerato spotted-02

A 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine with 136 PS and 300 Nm of torque is said to be under the hood of this prototype. To add to that, it’s said to be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Word is that the new turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine that makes 128 PS and 211 Nm, found under the sixth-gen Hyundai Elantra will make its way into the US-specced Forte.

Over here in Malaysia, the Cerato comes with a choice of two engines – both paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Engine options includes a 1.6 litre Gamma D-CVVT four-cylinder engine with 130 PS/157 Nm or a 2.0 litre Nu MPI mill that makes 161 PS/ 194 Nm of torque. It’s unclear as to whether the facelifted Cerato in Malaysia will feature updated engines yet.

So guys, do you like what you see so far?

GALLERY: Kia Forte/Cerato spyshots:

GALLERY: Current Kia Cerato