The Kia Cerato Forte will soon enter its third lease of life, and if reports are to be believed, the new model may be more closely aligned to the cee’d than ever before. This set of two pictures reveal nothing more than a peek, but it’s clearly a four-door sedan that’s different from the hatch we saw yesterday.

Not much is known about the new Forte, seeing as it’s the first time the car has been spotted wandering outside of private test grounds. Going by the design of the headlamps and position of the fog lamps, it looks like the Forte may in fact share a broadly similar outlook as the cee’d. From the picture above (courtesy of thekoreancarblog), one can tell the presence of projector lights and wrap-around LED DRLs, as well as a set of dual-tone twin five-spoke alloy wheels.

Things become more obscure round the back with all the heavy masking, but the graphics look to differ from the cee’d in light of the different body styles. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait for more pictures of less covered prototypes to become available.

The same applies to the powertrain. For now, expect the Forte to share the same updated engines as the cee’d, beginning with Euro 6-compliant versions of the existing 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.6 litre direct-injected four-cylinder and 1.4 litre MPI petrol engines, alongside 1.4 and 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesels.

Back home, the second-generation C-segment sedan is offered in three trims, starting from the base 1.6 KX, 1.6 SX and range-topping 2.0L. The first two are powered by a 1.6 litre Gamma II engine producing 130 PS and 157 Nm, whereas the 2.0 litre Nu MPI lump makes 161 PS and 194 Nm. All variants share the same six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

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