April 18, 2003
Kia’s new large sedan has class-leading interior room
New York, New York – Kia pulled the wraps off the 2004 Amanti, the biggest Kia sedan ever.
“Amanti is our effort to reach out to yet another group of buyers who we weren’t previously attracting,” said Kia Motors America President Peter M. Butterfield. “These are buyers who seek full-size room and comfort with a full array of safety features, but who don’t want to pay through the nose in the process. Amanti will give them everything they want, except a huge hole in their wallets.”
Butterfield said the new Amanti will not only appeal to a whole new group of buyers for Kia, it will also help shift consumers’ impression of Kia as a maker of small, entry-level cars to that of a company providing leading value in every segment where it competes.
In the front, there is a class-leading 40.0 inches of headroom and 43.7 inches of legroom, besting such key competitors as Toyota Avalon, Chrysler Concorde and Buick LeSabre. Move to the back seat and you’ll find 37.8 inches of legroom and a class-leading 38.4 inches of headroom. Shoulder rooms stacks up well also with 58.1 inches up front and 57.5 inches in the back.
In both active and passive safety, the Amanti will be a leader in offering safety equipment in the large-car segment. On the active safety front, the Amanti features an anti-lock braking system supplemented by a range of electronic systems that ensure the driver maintains complete control of the vehicle even when stopping in difficult conditions. ABS is standard equipment, but that’s just the beginning. Electronic braking distribution, brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control will be available in a model with pricing that will set a new standard for value among large cars.
A full array of eight airbags is standard. Driver and front-passenger airbags are complemented with front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. The supplemental restraints in the front are “smart” airbags controlled by sensors that gauge the severity of a frontal impact before deployment. This ensures that the airbags are not triggered by low- impact collisions like those that typically take place in parking lots.
The front wheel-drive Amanti is motivated by a 3.5-litre, twin- cam, 24-valve V6 engine. The powerplant puts out 195 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 217 ft-lbs of torque at 3,500 rpm. Amanti’s powertrain includes a five-speed automatic transmission, which incorporates a sequential manual mode to provide the driver with a choice between pure automatic shifts or the control of manual gear selection.
The Amanti’s ride comfort begins with an independent double wishbone front suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. At the rear, the Amanti rides on an independent multi-link suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar.