Kia’s all new luxury flagship saloon, the Kia K9, has gone on sale in Korea, introducing Kia to an entirely new segment of the global automotive market. The striking new rear-wheel drive will be launched in a number of key overseas markets starting in the fourth quarter of 2012. With a 5,090 mm overall length and 3,045 mm wheelbase, Kia K9 offers generous front and rear occupant space. Overall width and height are 1,900 mm and 1,490 mm, respectively, which creates a spacious cabin environment.
Initially, Kia K9 will be available in some overseas markets powered by an upgraded 290 ps Lambda V6 3.8 litre MPI engine, with a 334 ps 3.8 litre GDI engine joining the global engine line up in 2013. The all-new saloon will premiere a range of advanced luxury features and technologies, including fully adaptive all-LED headlamps, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), radar-based Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), a 17-speaker Lexicon (by Harman) sound system, Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and an Around-View Monitor (AVM) with four cameras.
Every K9 comes with Kia’s all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The wide spread of gear ratios guarantees brisk acceleration and high-speed refinement, while shift-by-wire (SBW) technology with a joystick control delivers fast, smooth gear changes. K9 is Kia’s first rear wheel drive sedan. It boasts Kia’s “best of the best” design, driving performance and high technology capabilities and is regarded as one of 2012’s most eagerly anticipated all-new models in both Korean and overseas markets.
The Kia K9’s exterior gives solid form to the recently released sketches of the new model, and presents its design concept, “high-tech luxury sedan” image, with futuristic, sophisticated and distinctive charisma. Kia K9 is the latest continuation of Kia’s evolving design DNA, carrying its family-look radiator grille, bold “high-tech luxury car” style LED headlamps, with classic design echoes in its voluminous hood. Viewed from the front, Kia K9 presents an imposing and characterful image.
Furthermore, the sophisticated and bold profile with its simple but strong character line and the innovative and stable rear view with its high-tech LED combination lamps, luxurious chrome garnish and bumper-integrated muffler, completes the parameters for whole new level of luxury car design.