The Amanti gets significant upgrades for 2007, including revamped styling inside and out, a new 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood, and an improved suspension behind its new alloy wheels.
Now in its fourth year, the front-wheel-drive Amanti remains the flagship of Kia's lineup. The Amanti is a close relative of the Hyundai XG-series, which was discontinued and replaced with the all-new Hyundai Azera in 2006.
Kia has made a number of significant changes to the Amanti for 2007. With regard to exterior styling, the four-headlight motif remains, but the large egg-crate grille is wider and more smoothly integrated into the hood. There's also a new rear bumper, trunk lid, and upright taillights (the latter remotely similar to those of the now-defunct Hyundai XG350). Inside, the center stack has been revised to flow more smoothly into the dashboard. Wood trim, a sunroof, power windows and locks, and power-adjustable front seats are among the Amanti's standard features. Kia also revised the suspension and steering for better handling, and fitted the Amanti with the 3.8-liter V-6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission that is also used in the Hyundai Azera. Its 264 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque are an increase of 64 hp and 40 lb.-ft. over the 3.5-liter V-6 it replaces. All the improvements carry no weight penalty. In fact, the 2007 Amanti is 251 pounds lighter than the 2006 model.
Standard safety features on the 2007 Kia Amanti include front air bags, seat-mounted torso air bags for both front and rear seats, full-length side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. The optional electronic stability control system comes bundled with traction control and brake assist. The Amanti is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
The Kia Amanti competes in the Large Conventional segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevrolet Impala (289,868 units sold), Chrysler 300 (143,647), and Dodge Charger (114,201). The Kia Amanti sold 9,594 units in 2006, a decrease of 48.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Conventional segment include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, Ford Five Hundred, and Nissan Maxima.