Ahead of a potential late 2024 Australian debut, the Kia K4 has been revealed with a radical exterior design that follows the company’s latest EVs, like the EV9 upper large SUV. While the company is yet to announce any mechanical details about the K4, it’s expected to use the same platform as the Hyundai i30 Sedan and offer a range of powerplants, including a hybrid drivetrain. It’s also been reported that the European Ceed hatchback – which is sold there instead of the Cerato – will be renewed for another generation soon but also adopt the K4 name for a united global product front.

“Every contour, curve and detail of the K4 has been carefully considered and crafted to adhere to Kia’s design philosophy, Opposites United, bringing together clean faceted surfacing and technological details in a bold, cohesive statement. Every aspect further strengthens the relationship between brand and design,” says Karim Habib, Executive Vice President, and head of Kia Global Design.

“With the design of the K4, we are building on what we’ve learnt and making those values accessible to even more people, by bringing a product that is relevant and meaningful, to inspire the way they think, move and live.”

The exterior of the K4 is undoubtedly very futuristic and sharp compared to the current Cerato. It’s obviously quite a bit larger than the Cerato, while the dramatic roofline gives more of a coupe look than the Cerato. The sharp front and rear shoulder lines are the most obvious design touch, as are the front and rear lighting signatures.

On the inside of the Kia K4 is a similar interior to the EV9, with three screens on the dashboard – including a small 5.0-inch unit between two likely 12.3-inch units for the climate control – and a horizontal air vent that runs the length of the dashboard fascia. On the centre console is a traditional gearknob – a surprise given that cars like the Hyundai Kona (which uses the platform that the K4 will likely sit on) use a steering column-mounted joystick to change gears – and the same huge cupholders as the EV9.

The Kia EV4 will be fully revealed at next week’s New York Auto Show and will likely go on sale in Australia later this year, with local pricing and specifications yet to be announced. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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