2011 Kia Magentis – first details released

2011 Kia Magentis – first details released

Kia has released the first pictures of the 2011 Magentis, ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show.

Far more aggressively styled than the outgoing model, the Magentis was penned by Kia’s European design team in Frankfurt, Germany. The car features a sharply raked roofline, flared wheel arches, LED daytime running lights, front fender vents and Kia’s new range-unifying ‘tiger nose’ front grille.

According to Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s Chief European Designer, “We started with a clean sheet and worked to achieve an exterior design with a European feeling and stance.” He added, “This new model embodies Kia’s confident new design direction. It’s a global car with individual appeal.”

While Kia hasn’t released interior pictures, they talked up the cabin saying it has a “newfound poise and presence” with class-leading luxury equipment.

Power is expected to be provided by Hyundai-Kia’s new direct-injected 2.4 litre GDI four-cylinder engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

A diesel model should also be in the works, likely coming in the form of  Hyundai’s excellent 2.0 litre R-series turbo-diesel.

The R-Series engine, produces 135kW at 4000rpm and a generous 392Nm of torque from 1800rpm to 2500rpm.

Kia has released the first pictures of the 2011 Magentis, ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show.

Far more aggressively styled than the outgoing model, the Magentis was penned by Kia’s European design team in Frankfurt, Germany. The car features a sharply raked roofline, flared wheel arches, LED daytime running lights, front fender vents and Kia’s new range-unifying ‘tiger nose’ front grille.

According to Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s Chief European Designer, “We started with a clean sheet and worked to achieve an exterior design with a European feeling and stance.” He added, “This new model embodies Kia’s confident new design direction. It’s a global car with individual appeal.”

While Kia hasn’t released interior pictures, they talked up the cabin saying it has a “newfound poise and presence” with class-leading luxury equipment.

Power is expected to be provided by Hyundai-Kia’s new direct-injected 2.4 litre GDI four-cylinder engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

A diesel model should also be in the works, likely coming in the form of  Hyundai’s excellent 2.0 litre R-series turbo-diesel.

The R-Series engine, produces 135kW at 4000rpm and a generous 392Nm of torque from 1800rpm to 2500rpm.

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