Kia launches updated Magentis in NZ

Kia launches updated Magentis in NZ

Kia Magentis fq

Kia has just introduced an upgraded Magentis sedan in New Zealand and it’s looking to increase Kia’s recent sales success in the kiwi market.

The large mid-size Magentis has been given a complete makeover with sharper styling, thanks to Kia’s Chief Designer Peter Schreyer.

The 2009 Magentis adopts the tiger grille that Schreyer created as the new face of Kia, which gives the car a more aggressive look and blends with the narrower, faired-in headlights. The rear of the car has also been re-designed and incorporates a spoiler in the boot lid, along with shrouded tail lights.

The changes have stretched the overall length of the new Kia Magentis by 65mm to 2800mm, improving the aerodynamics of the car. Other external changes include a more prominent sill below the doors and LED turning lights built into the door mirrors.

Inside, the 2009 Kia Magentis adopts a new instrument cluster and new centre console, which includes a new gear selector gate. The Magentis retains its large passenger and boot space that proved popular when the model first appeared in 2006 — the boot is the largest in its class, swallowing up to four sets of golf bags with room to spare.

Under the bonnet, the new Magentis gets the latest version of Kia’s 2.4-litre Theta II DOHC petrol engine, which has received a boost in power and torque, whilst returning a 2% increase in fuel economy. Only one transmission option is offered, the five-speed sequential automatic that can be used in either a clutchless manual or full auto mode. Kia Motors NZ will offer the 2-litre common rail diesel engine as an indent order model only.

Priced at $35,990, the new Magentis retails for around $6,000 less than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima and Mazda 6 — the Kia price also includes a 5-year/100,000km factory warranty programme, 24-hour roadside assist, all on-road costs and the first 1500km service.

“Added together, the changes have delivered a substantially different and much improved Magentis — it not only looks better its drives and feel better, too,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand. “And at the introductory price, it has to stack up as one of the bargain buys in the medium sedan market, even taking into account that the purchaser doesn’t have to pay any on-road costs.”

The Magentis has a D/C outlet inside the centre console to power an MP3 player or charge a cellphone, whilst keeping the wires and appliance hidden out of sight. There’s also a lever inside the boot to release the rear seat back rests – the boot also has its own light and D/C power outlet.

Other equipment includes an air conditioning system; keyless entry for doors and boot, incorporating a full anti-theft alarm; power windows; easy-to-operate audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel; rear park warning system and alloy wheels.

Safety features include an ESP electronic stability programme that incorporates traction control and ABS anti lock brakes, along with six air bags to protect occupants in the event of a crash.

Kia Magentis fq

Kia has just introduced an upgraded Magentis sedan in New Zealand and it’s looking to increase Kia’s recent sales success in the kiwi market.

The large mid-size Magentis has been given a complete makeover with sharper styling, thanks to Kia’s Chief Designer Peter Schreyer.

The 2009 Magentis adopts the tiger grille that Schreyer created as the new face of Kia, which gives the car a more aggressive look and blends with the narrower, faired-in headlights. The rear of the car has also been re-designed and incorporates a spoiler in the boot lid, along with shrouded tail lights.

The changes have stretched the overall length of the new Kia Magentis by 65mm to 2800mm, improving the aerodynamics of the car. Other external changes include a more prominent sill below the doors and LED turning lights built into the door mirrors.

Inside, the 2009 Kia Magentis adopts a new instrument cluster and new centre console, which includes a new gear selector gate. The Magentis retains its large passenger and boot space that proved popular when the model first appeared in 2006 — the boot is the largest in its class, swallowing up to four sets of golf bags with room to spare.

Under the bonnet, the new Magentis gets the latest version of Kia’s 2.4-litre Theta II DOHC petrol engine, which has received a boost in power and torque, whilst returning a 2% increase in fuel economy. Only one transmission option is offered, the five-speed sequential automatic that can be used in either a clutchless manual or full auto mode. Kia Motors NZ will offer the 2-litre common rail diesel engine as an indent order model only.

Priced at $35,990, the new Magentis retails for around $6,000 less than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima and Mazda 6 — the Kia price also includes a 5-year/100,000km factory warranty programme, 24-hour roadside assist, all on-road costs and the first 1500km service.

“Added together, the changes have delivered a substantially different and much improved Magentis — it not only looks better its drives and feel better, too,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand. “And at the introductory price, it has to stack up as one of the bargain buys in the medium sedan market, even taking into account that the purchaser doesn’t have to pay any on-road costs.”

The Magentis has a D/C outlet inside the centre console to power an MP3 player or charge a cellphone, whilst keeping the wires and appliance hidden out of sight. There’s also a lever inside the boot to release the rear seat back rests – the boot also has its own light and D/C power outlet.

Other equipment includes an air conditioning system; keyless entry for doors and boot, incorporating a full anti-theft alarm; power windows; easy-to-operate audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel; rear park warning system and alloy wheels.

Safety features include an ESP electronic stability programme that incorporates traction control and ABS anti lock brakes, along with six air bags to protect occupants in the event of a crash.

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