Kia has released pictures of its new Magentis four-door saloon, which will be fully unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The pictures reveal that the new look Magentis loses the old model’s ‘bug-eye’ front lights in favour of a sportier look, with a striking new chrome-coloured front grille. The rear end continues the Euro-look makeover, and now sports dual exhausts.
The new model is bigger than its predecessor in all dimensions, albeit marginally, at 4735mm in length, 1805mm in width and 1480mm in height. Its wheelbase is also 20mm longer at 2720mm, allowing a more spacious interior and increased luggage space in the boot.
Available with a choice of 2.4-litre in-line four cylinder and 2.7-litre V6 petrol engines or 2.0-litre diesel, additional features on the new Magentis also include ABS, ESP, rear parking sensors and active front seat head restraints. The new Magentis will be on sale in the UK from February 2006, and although a price has not yet been set, it is expected to cost around £10,000.