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KIA Cerato / Spectra Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 4
First production year: 2004
Engines: Diesel, Gasoline
 

2007 - 2009

Kia introduced the first generation of the Cerato/Spectra in 2004 on the same platform as the Hyundai Elantra. Just three years later, the Korean carmaker refreshed the lineup. It was designed mostly as a commuter car, with enough interior room, a decent-sized trunk, and not too many amenities to enhance the driver on long journeys. But, even on the base trim level, it featured air-conditioni...

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diesel engines:

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Sedan 1.6L CRDi 5MT (115 HP)

gasoline engines:

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Sedan 2.0L CVVT 4AT (143 HP)

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Sedan 2.0L CVVT 5MT (143 HP)

2007 - 2009

The five-doors Cerato/Spectra received a mid-life cycle refresh in 2007, three years after the carmaker introduced it to the market. While Kia was still struggling to find its design language and Peter Schreyer was new in the company, the carmaker couldn't afford to stop the production of the Cerato/Spectra 5 hatchback. It had to improve it and make it better, even if its career was very...

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gasoline engines:

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Hatchback 1.6L VVT 4AT (121 HP)

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Hatchback 1.6L VVT 5MT (121 HP)

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Hatchback 2.0L VVT 4AT (134 HP)

  KIA Cerato / Spectra Hatchback 2.0L VVT 5MT (143 HP)

2004 - 2007

The second generation of the Cerato/Spectra sedan appeared in 2004, and Kia built it on top of the Hyundai Accent platform. While Kia was little known in the world, the Korean carmaker continued its path and targeted the top-10 carmaker's list in the world, along with its partner Hyundai. The Cerato, or Spectra as it was known on several markets, followed a modern car concept designed to...

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2004 - 2007

In 2004, Kia launched the second generation for its compact hatchback Cerato, also known as Spectra 5 in the U.S. While it didn't have a long life since it was replaced in 2008, the Cerato hatchback was an important step ahead for the Korean carmaker. An action required before the launch of one of the most important cars from its lineup, later on, the cee'd. It was built as an alter...

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