While considerably successful as a brand in the United States, sadly it has come to this. A report by CarsDirect confirmed that Kia Motors America has finally decided to discontinue sales of the Kia Cerato Koup.
Declining sales (no thanks to the popularity of SUVs and crossovers) has caused the faded interest towards small affordable coupes. The demise of the Cerato Koup means that the Hyundai Veloster and the Honda Civic Si are among the few remaining affordable front-wheel drive coupes in the market.
The Cerato Koup is essentially a two-door variant of the Cerato sedan and currently in its second-generation guise. It’s available with two engines; one is a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol GDI engine and the other a higher performance 1.6-litre turbo GDI engine. The latter is what’s currently on sale in Malaysia.
The 1.6-litre Gamma T-GDi (Turbo, Gasoline Direct Injection) engine deploys 201 hp and 260 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It would sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds before maxing out at 222 km/h.
Interested in getting one? The Kia Cerato Koup is simply yours for RM135,888, but we’re sure dealers are willing to give discounts on available units.