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Kia upgrades its Magentis for 2009


The latest version of the Kia Magentis that adopts the new “Tiger nose” styling from master designer Peter Schreyer has just gone on sale in New Zealand

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Kia has introduced an upgraded Magentis sedan to New Zealand.

The Magentis has been given a complete makeover that has sharpened the 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. The rear of the car has also been re-designed and incorporates a spoiler in the boot lid, along with shrouded tail lights.

The new Kia Magentis has been stretched by 65mm to 2800mm, and other external changes include a more prominent sill below the doors and LED turning lights built into the door mirrors.

Inside, Kia says the 2009 Magentis adopts a new, sportier instrument cluster and new centre console between the driver and front passenger with D/C outlet to power an MP3 player or charge a cellphone, plus a new gear selector gate.

The boot is the largest in its class - Kia says it will swallow up to four sets of golf bags with room to spare, and has its own light and D/C power outlet..

Under the hood, the new Magentis gets the latest version of Kia’s 2.4-litre Theta II DOHC petrol engine. As well as a boost in power and torque, Kia says it returns 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.

Other standard features include; keyless entry for doors and boot, a full anti-theft alarm; power windows with safety functions to prevent children being trapped; audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel; rear park warning system and new design alloy wheels; an ESP electronic stability programme that incorporates traction control and ABS anti lock brakes; and six air bags.

At $35,990, the new Magentis retails for around $6000 less than an equivalent spec’d 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.

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