Kia has released the first pictures of the 2011 Magentis (aka Optima / Lorentz), ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show. See the redesigned model inside.

Kia has released the first pictures of the 2011 Magentis (aka Optima / Lorentz), ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show.

Looking more aggressive than its predecessor, the Magentis was styled by Kia's European design team in Frankfurt, Germany. The car features a sharply raked roofline, flared wheel arches, LED daytime running lights, front fender vents, and projector headlights.

According to Gregory Guillaume, Kia's Chief European Designer, "We started with a clean sheet and worked to achieve an exterior design with a European feeling and stance." He also added, "This new model embodies Kia's confident new design direction. It's a global car with individual appeal."

While Kia declined to release interior pictures, they stated the cabin has a "newfound poise and presence" with class-leading luxury equipment.

Look for redesigned Magentis to go on sale in America this fall, while European sales are scheduled to begin in Spring 2011.

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