Kia Optima, Soul and Cerato Turbo Koup debuts at New York

Kia has introduced a trio of new models at the New York Auto Show. The significantly updated version of the Kia Optima joins the all-new Kia Soul and Cerato Turbo Koup (Forte in North America) at the company’s show stand.

The 2014 Optima arrives with updated front with LED daytime driving lights and fog lights, along with newly designed LED rear lights and new boot lid. Inside, drivers are greeted with a new 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and an optional 8-inch touch screen infotainment system.

US models also have the option of a Blind Spot Detection system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.

Taking inspiration from the Track’ster concept, the all-new Soul continues its position as a funky urban utility vehicle. It is built on a new stiffer chassis that is longer and wider, providing the new car with more room while reducing NVH levels.

Two engines are on offer, a 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol delivering 97kW and 160Nm @ 4,850rpm, and a more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection with 122kW and 205Nm @ 4,000rpm. Both engines are paired with either a 6-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic.

A host of technologies are ear-marked for the US model, including Pandora internet radio, Sirius XM Data Services and Travel Link that provides travel information such as road conditions, weather, fuel price and security alerts.

Finally, the all-new sleek two-door Cerato Turbo Koup. Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injected four-cylinder petrol engine, it generates 150kW and 264Nm, making it the most powerful Cerato Koup ever. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Created by Kia’s design studio in Irvine California, the Cerato Koup’s sporty two-door profile, swooping roofline and large 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tyres give it an athletic and aggressive stance. The LED daytime running lights add a premium look to the front fascia, while LED tail lights complete the new look.

Inside, the Cerato Turbo Koup features soft touch materials, large, easy-to-read white-on-black gauges and chrome accents around the HVAC controls.

The refreshed Kia Optima and Soul will arrive in Australia early 2014, while the Cerato Turbo Koup is under consideration. Given Kia Australia will be bringing in the Kia pro_ceed GT which features a similar engine, it is highly unlikely the Cerato Turbo Koup will make it to Australia.

However, the less powerful 2.0-litre petrol Koup with 129kW/209Nm will arrive later this year.

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