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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. 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.

The sketches depict a well-proportioned sedan with an aggressive outlook. The new face is fresh, but still unmistakably Kia thanks to the trademark tiger nose grille that’s now slimmer. The prominent nose is flanked by swept back headlamps that sport rather distinctive four-point LED daytime running lights surrounding the main beam. Engorged side air intakes leave no space for fog lamps, which are housed in the central lower intake.

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The curved roofline takes us to the back, which is very smart looking. Once again, the LED signatures are distinctive, with a never seen before motif that looks much like an actual signature. A thin chrome garnish connects the lamp housings, which are part of a large sculpted upper area. A diffuser and faux vents fill up the blanks below.

There’s also a sketch of the new K3 Cerato Forte’s dashboard, which shares zero elements or influences with the outgoing car. It’s a nice minimalist design that will remind many of Mazda (the latest Accord goes the same route too), but they all take after Audi.

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Word is that the new Cerato will be more in line with the new Kia Cee’d, which was previously a Euro-centric model. We’ve already seen undisguised spyshots of the new five-door hatchback, and it appears that both C-segment models have a similar face and eyes, once you mentally replace the uber-aggressive bumper here with something more feasible.

Like what you see? The Honda Civic FC is the current undisputed champion of the C-segment, capturing the imagination of younger folks in a way that the previous FB and the Toyota Corolla didn’t. Can the all-new Kia Cerato do something about it?