August 4, 2006

Kia reveals new 2007 Amanti

2007 Kia Amanti (European model)
2007 Kia Amanti (European model)
2007 Kia Amanti; European model shown. Click image to enlarge

Seoul, South Korea – Kia Motors has revealed details of its new flagship model, the 2007 Opirus, which is sold as the Amanti in North America. The new model is longer, sleeker, and lighter, has an enhanced interior with new high-tech features, and uses a larger, more powerful V6 engine. The company says it has made significant improvements to the ride, handling and safety; it will be available worldwide in left-hand drive only.

The new Amanti features a lower hood, wider grille, revised headlamps and new vertical taillamps, with 17-inch alloy wheels. New interior features include heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable pedals, four-way lumbar support for the driver’s seat and a clearer trip computer display.

A new all-aluminum 3.8-litre V6 replaces the previous 3.5-litre V6, giving the car a zero to 100 km/h rating of 7.5 seconds, an improvement from the previous 9.2 seconds, and a top speed of 230 km/h. The five-speed automatic transmission is carried over.

The Opirus will reach European dealers in January 2007. The model was introduced in 2002 and has sold more than 144,400 units, most of them in North America.

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