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Following its preview at the Naza-Kia On Tour roadshow at One Utama shopping centre earlier in May, the Korean manufacturer has finally announced the price, thus officially launching its All New Cerato Koup Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (T-GDI) for our domestic consumption.

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“As the first gasoline Turbo model by Kia to hit the Malaysian market, the All New Cerato Koup Turbo-GDI is set to be an icon for the brand. It daringly demonstrates the excitement of driving by the pure power of its 1.6l Turbo-GDI engine. It is the fastest car in its class and at RM135,888, it is currently the most affordable 200HP car in the segment,” said Naza Corporation Holdings, Naza Automotive Group Group Chief Operating Officer Dato’ Samson Anand George.

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The Koup gets similar front facia as the Cerato sedan model with its signature Tiger nose grille flanked by HID headlamps and LED projection fog lamps. However, the Koup does get frameless doors, black high-gloss door mirrors and door handles, and 18-inch alloy wheels. At the back, there’s LED high mounted stop lamp, dual muffler tail trim, carbon fibre look bumper garnish and LED rear combination lamps.

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Inside the driver-focused cockpit, there’s soft-touch materials, TFT colour LCD screen, Electric Lumber Support and air ventilation. It also features motor driven power steering (MDPS) with flex steer, 4.2-inch touchscreen audio with rear view camera, push start ignition, and an audio system with 6-speakers. There’s also a sunroof, smart welcome light system and dual zone full-auto air conditioner with cluster ionizer and auto defog system.

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Under the hood is the 1.6-litre Turbo-GDI Engine which produces 200 hp and 265 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission able to get it to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.

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Safety features include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Seatbelt Reminder, ISOFIX as well as six airbags.

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At RM135,888 on-the-road price, the All-New Kia Cerato Koup Turbo-GDI (T-GDI) is now available in Racing Red, Aurora Black Pearl and Clear White. For more information, please do read our review on it, when we got a short test of the stylish coupe during the preview event.

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