Kia has released details of their new Cerato hatchback and saloon, due to go on sale later this summer.

The Cerato is an important model for Kia, competing in the crowded C-segment (Focus/Astra size), and will be their first car offered with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

The 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines feature common-rail technology and produce 102 PS and 112 PS respectively. The 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units kick out 105 PS and 143 PS respectively, with the 2.0-litre unit featuring Kia’s CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) to boost power at low and medium revs.

Performance is useful, ranging from 0-62mph in 13 seconds and a 107 mph top speed for the 1.6 Auto, to 9 seconds to sixty and a 129 mph top speed for the 2.0-litre petrol. Economy starts at 58 mpg for the 1.5-litre CRDi.

In Europe, every Cerato will come fitted with Bridgestone tyres, while the spec list includes dual front airbags, front side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, air conditioning, remote locking, CD/MP3 player, split-fold seats, all round disc brakes, and ABS with EBD and Brake Assist for maximum stopping power.

The interior is said to use high-quality materials, consistent with a new generation of Kia products.

The UK line-up is expected to include three specification levels, although these details are still awaiting confirmation.

The Cerato saloon goes on sale in the UK in August, with the hatchback following in September.