On Monday the 14th of June, Kia Motors South Africa introduced a new model to its line-up for the local market. The new Kia Pegas is aimed to offer value-seeking families and first-time buyers the perfect combination of technology and space that will inspire and enable mobility, progress and freedom.
It is designed to fulfill everyday needs while simultaneously creating room for aspirations. The Pegas is one of the largest vehicles in the A- and B-class of the South African motoring market, measuring a length of 4 300mm, yet it remains compact enough to easily thread through urban traffic.
Its long wheelbase, measuring 2 570mm, means the Pegas offers ample cabin space for all passengers, front and rear, while its large boot makes it one of the most versatile cars in its class. Manufactured to Kia’s exacting quality standards in China, the new Pegas is offered in five exterior colours, namely Clear White, Titanium Silver, Blue Stream, Marcato Red and Aurora Black Pearl.
Typically, from Kia’s bold design, a wide, horizontal ‘face’ gives the Pegas a sporty, solid appearance, and incorporates the brand’s famous ‘tiger nose’ grille, a DNA signature common to all Kia vehicles around the world. Smart chrome highlights and 14-inch alloy wheels on the higher specification instill this sedan with a decidedly upmarket appearance despite its value-focused positioning.Inside, comfortable seats, room to stretch and clever design details make the Pegas’ interior an inviting place to be.
Taking centre stage on the contemporary dashboard is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating a reverse cam-era with dynamic guidelines, a standard fitment throughout the range, alongside the rear-park distance control sensors. The system also has Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It can be controlled hands free and safely through switches on the steering wheel.Depending on the model grade, the Pegas’ interior is trimmed in either smart cloth or high-quality artificial leather, and all variants offer cup holders and a central armrest for the driver.
Further adding to comfort levels are electrically adjustable side mirrors and windows which are included on the entire range. Kia Motors states that the 475-litre boot is the largest in the compact sedan class and its capacity can be expanded to load longer, bulkier objects by folding the rear-seat backrest.
The new Pegas is powered by the latest version of Kia’s 1.4-litre multi-point injection petrol engine. It produces 69kW at 6 000rpm and a maximum torque range of 132Nm at 4 000rpm. The engine drives the front wheels and is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
Two trim levels will be available. Feature highlights on the entry-level LX derivative, to name but a few, include remote central locking, rear-view camera with rear park distance control, air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, electric mirrors, six speakers, steering wheel remote controls and 14-inch steel wheels.
Building on the comprehensive features tally, the EX models comes with added features like a leather steering wheel, faux-leather seat trim, front fog lights, driver’s seat height adjuster, cruise control, chrome-coated door handles, 14-inch alloy wheels and side repeater lamps.
As always, the safety of Kia’s customers is a key priority, which is why the Pegas is offered with a comprehensive suite of safety features. The Pegas safety features include ABS with EBD, disc brakes all-round, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points.
The new Kia Pegas delivers a winning blend of value, roominess, safety and technology to entice both those customers who are in a position to buy their first new car, as well as families looking for maximum value without compromising on quality or comfort.
All Pegas models come out standard with Kia’s unlimited kilometre, five-year warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance), as well as a prepaid four-year or 60 000km service plan. The new Pegas range is on sale right now across Kia South Africa’s national dealer network.