Naza Kia Malaysia has introduced a more affordable variant of the Kia Cerato, called the Kia Cerato Kx. Affordable, is the keyword here as it is priced at a mere RM 89,888, making it one of the most affordable C-segment in the market. That is RM10,000 cheaper than the Kia Cerato K3. Interestingly, much of the best features that comes from the K3 is actually retained, save for a few safety feature.
Much of the mechanical feature of K3 is retained. The Kx is powered by the Kia’s Gamma 1.6 MPI D-CVVT that produces a respectable 130PS @ 6,000 rpm and torque figure of 157Nm @ 4,850 rpm. It also shares the same 6-speed automatic transmission which is developed in-house.
Kia’s Flex Steer where it allows the driver to set 3 different steering setups, namely Comfort, Normal and Sport. There is also cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, push start button with keyless entry, LED daytime running lights and projector headlamps. The Kx gets a little upgrade on the entertainment front, a 8-inch touch screen with navigation capability.
What you set to loose, is minimal, according to Naza Kia. Gone aesthetically are the LED rear combination lights, replaced with a more conventional bulb lights.
Moving on to the interior, you will get fabric seats all round. That aside, the driver’s seat only comes with lever adjustable height. Power window with auto up-down is reserved only for the driver. Last but not the least, air conditioning is manually adjusted via knob selectors.
Safety wise, airbag count has been reduced from 6 to 2 frontal airbags. While anti-lock brake system (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), ISOFIX, and parking sensors is kept intact, safety aficionados would be surprised to know that electronic stability control is omitted from the safety aspect.
The Kia Cerato Kx still comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. And to top that off, customers who book and register the new Cerato Kx is set to get RM1,000 worth of petrol card.