designed in Korea, USA and Europe.
August 10, 2005.
Motors Corporation today released initial details and
photos of its all-new Kia Magentis four-door
sedan (‘Optima’ in the U.S.), which will
make its world premiere at the Frankfurt International
Motor Show on September 13, 2005.
Designed at Kia
facilities in Korea, the USA and Europe, the new Magentis
marks the latest step in the complete regeneration of the
Kia product line-up over the last four years.
Longer, wider and higher than the previous model, with an
extended 2,720 mm wheelbase, more spacious interior
and larger trunk, the stylish new
is a thoroughly modern design, engineered to give Kia
a strong challenger for D-segment (upper medium,
midsize) sales around the world. The new Magentis measures
4,735 mm long, 1,805 mm wide and 1,480 mm
and V6 cylinder engines, with diesel
option for Europe.
For North America and the general
market, the new Magentis will be available in 2.4-liter
in-line four cylinder and 2.7-liter V6 gasoline
engines, but a new 2.0-liter diesel engine will be
introduced in Europe along with 2.0-liter in-line
four cylinder and 2.7-liter V6 gasoline engines.
In Europe, part of Kia’s
sales success is attributable to the introduction of
class-leading diesel engines across the range. New
Magentis will be available with a new 2-litre diesel
engine in Europe, as well as two petrol engines. “Like
its sister Kia
cars, new Magentis has been created with European
consumers in mind,” revealed Jean-Charles Lievens,
Senior Vice President Kia Europe, where Magentis will be
backed by a fully comprehensive 3-year warranty.
Magentis is 4,735 mm long, 1,805 mm wide
and 1,480 mm tall.
As well as attracting customers with
its stylish exterior and comfortable interior, the new Magentis
will come with a generous level of active and passive
safety equipment, including ABS and ESP
stability control, rear parking sensors, front,
side and curtain airbags, and active (anti-whiplash)
front seat head restraints, depending on model.
According to Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior
Executive Vice President and COO of Kia
Motors Corporation, “Through hard work and dedication,
we have totally transformed our product range in recent
years. Starting with the Sorento
SUV, followed by the A-segment Picanto,
the C-segment Cerato, the Sportage
and most recently the all new B-segment Rio, we
have demonstrated Kia’s determination to deliver a
modern, highly competitive range of cars
with immense customer appeal in Europe and throughout the
“With the Magentis launch, we will
have competitive models in the A, B, C and D-segments as
well as the MPV and SUV
sectors, maintaining the momentum of our rapid growth and
our ability to attract more and more new customers.” Mr.
Kim added, “With every new Kia
model we have also demonstrated the growing ‘Power to
Surprise’ of our developing global brand.”