2013 Kia Cerato launch - Dubai
SHIP OUT OF WATER: A monumental Arab dhow and palm trees - icons of Dubai - with a new Kia Cerato at the Bab al Shams desert resort lunch stop way east of the city.
Images: LES STEPHENSON and KIA
SAME PLACE, DIFFERENT LIGHTING: The orange/red 1.6 Kia Cerato turns vivid red from a different angle under the desert sun.
TWO ENGINES FOR NOW: This is the four-cylinder 1.6 that puts out 95kW at 6300rpm...
...and this the also four-cylinder two-litre capable of 118kW at 6500rpm and 194Nm at 4800rpm.
TIME FOR TRAFFIC: The 2013 Kia Cerato launch route included much of downtown Dubai on its excellent freeways.
FREE TO RUN AT LAST: Out of the city and eventually...
...out into the shifting brown sand dunes of the Dubai desert.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Well, it was winter in Dubai (27C) and the desert is a wonderland of constantly moving sand.
WHERE'S THE CAMEL MAN? The Ship of the Desert casts a scornful glance at the alien intruder to its ancient home.
SUNRISE OVER THE GULF: And the two Kia Ceratos are out for an early run...
...and some spectacular cloud formations.
SPACE TO STRETCH: The 2013 Kia Cerato is slightly longer and wider than its second-generation predecessor. Its rear seats fold 60/40.
FULL SPEC: The more expensive versions of the 2013 Kia Cerato have steering wheel controls for the carphone and cruise speed as well as a comprehensive trip data computer with a colour screen.
HEAVY ON THE LIGHTS: Kia made much at the launch of the head and tail lights which it believes outdo those of Audi and BMW.
LEATHER AN OPTION: It comes on the two-litre model that will be available in South Africa later in 2013.
POWER POINTS: Depending on model, the 2013 Cerato range comes with power windows and external mirrors.
GET COMFORTABLE: The Cerato's steering column telescopes and adjusts for height, the drivers seat for height, reach and backrest rake.
NOISE AND INFORMATION: The Cerato's centre stack houses aircon, radio and communication controls.
AUTO CHOICE: A six-speed auto/manual sequential or six-speed manual gearbox will be available on both 1.6 and 2.0 models in SA.
THREE IN ONE: This conjoined view of the Cerato's steering wheel shows audio, phone and speed controls within fingertip range.
ROOM FOR TWO AND A HALF MEN: The centre rear seat is really meant for an older child.
FOLDING SEATS: Though the normal boot claims space for three golf bags and more, a 60/40 rear seat greatly enlarges the volumne.
LOADS OF LUGGAGE: Multi-golf bag capacity.