First spy pics of Kia's new flagship rear-wheel drive saloon, which goes on sale in Korea in 2013

Kia's new luxury flagship has been spied in winter testing for the first time. The new rear-drive saloon, previewed as the Kia KH in a series of official sketches by Kia earlier this week, is tipped to make production in 2013 badged Kia K9.

The Kia K9 is similar in size and proportions to the BMW 7-series and Mercedes S-class. Engine details remain scarce, but the K9 is tipped to use a larger capacity V8 petrol unit. The test car features a large pair of exhaust pipes integrated into the rear bumper.

See sketches and spy pics of the Kia K9

Features of the new saloon that are partly masked in these spy pictures but previewed in the sketches include bold LED headlights and a large version of the firm's now familiar 'tiger nose grille', which has become a trademark of Kia chief designer Peter Schreyer.

Kia's marketing director Soon-Nam Lee said: "Our all-new flagship saloon integrates all of our key capabilities such as design, performance, high-tech features and infotainment into one striking model."

While availability of the new Kia K9 in other markets remains unclear, Kia has confirmed that it will not reach Europe.

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13 February 2012

It shouldn't be a surprise that a car designed by an ex Audi designer looks like it could be a bigger version of their mid sized saloon......

Are they right not to bring it to Europe? Without a suitable diesel power train, quite probably but you have to wonder how long before their reputation is sufficiently robust enough for them to consider it?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]Are they right not to bring it to Europe? Without a suitable diesel power train, quite probably but you have to wonder how long before their reputation is sufficiently robust enough for them to consider it?[/quote]

As part of a new Lexus-bashing brand maybe?

13 February 2012

[quote Autocar]While availability of the new Kia KH in other markets remains unclear, Kia has confirmed that it will not reach Europe. [/quote] there are hundreds of cars that don't reach Europe and it's no surprise we don't get to read about them. Given this, I'm not sure why a non-existent Kia of unknown specification not even on sale in its homeland qualifies as front page news?

13 February 2012

BMWs copyright solictors will have a field day!

13 February 2012

I think Maserati's copyright solicitors need a word too.

13 February 2012

[quote supermanuel]

[quote TegTypeR]Are they right not to bring it to Europe? Without a suitable diesel power train, quite probably but you have to wonder how long before their reputation is sufficiently robust enough for them to consider it?[/quote]

As part of a new Lexus-bashing brand maybe?

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Could well be, but then again, despite being around for around 20yrs in the UK, Lexus still struggles, although I suppose their limited engine and bodystyle line up doesn't help.

As for this Kia though, I presume it will be based on the Hyundai Equus so it'll be interesting to see whether the Equus is being considered for the UK, though looks wise the Kia looks miles ahead.

13 February 2012

Do the Hyundai Equus and Genesis share platforms? Anyone driven one (i mean any posters rather than any American consumers!)

14 February 2012

I am praying it will come to Russia ( and it seems very likely) as I will be one of the first to get my hands on it :0) My dicky bird tells me it is a bored out V6 probably 4,2 and chucking out around 380bhp , but that wasnt a "production model".

14 February 2012

[quote Mario B]Hyundai Equus and Genesis share platforms[/quote]

simple answer is YES they do

14 February 2012

They sound like they ARE strong value ( cf Hyundai 130 thread)

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