Kia has revealed the first official photographs of its all-new flagship sedan

Kia has revealed the first official photographs of its all-new flagship sedan to be launched this year in the Korean market. Referred to by its codename ‘KH’ until now, the company also confirmed that the Korean market name will be the Kia K9 as predicted, although the rear-drive saloon looks likely to take on a different name for overseas launch timings.

The Kia K9 – the first rear-drive saloon from the company – is similar in size and proportions to the BMW 7-series and Mercedes S-class. No engine details have been revealed, but the K9 is tipped to use a larger capacity V8 petrol unit.

The model completes Kia’s domestic market ‘K’ series range of passenger cars, whose members also include the front-wheel drive K5 (Optima in overseas markets) and K7 (also known as the Cadenza, but not available in Europe).

The K9 is the latest continuation of Kia’s evolving design DNA, carrying its family-look ‘tiger-nose’ radiator grille and LED headlamps. At the rear, the car sports LED combination lamps, chrome brightwork and a bumper-integrated exhaust muffler.

There are no plans to offer the car in Europe, although it will be rolled out across other markets later this year and into 2013.

 

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28 February 2012

Given the Korean eating habits, isnt it rather inaproapriate for a Korean car to be called K9?

28 February 2012

Perhaps they're implying it's Tardis-like for interior space. But you have to ask Who came up with that name?

28 February 2012

these gentlemans are impressive.

wouldn`t mind to grab one of these cars.

28 February 2012

Probably one for the US and Chinese markets where they "like 'em big".

But, is it just me or does that backside look a lot the BMW 5-series GT's?

jer

28 February 2012

[quote artill]Given the Korean eating habits, isnt it rather inaproapriate for a Korean car to be called K9?[/quote] lol hope it's not a bit of a dog....[

jer

28 February 2012

It's an ugly XF with a BMW 5 GT nose?

28 February 2012

[quote Overdrive]But, is it just me or does that backside look a lot the BMW 5-series GT's[/quote]

No you're not the only one. It's almost a complete copy of the 5 & 7 series

28 February 2012

[quote averageman]It's almost a complete copy of the 5 & 7 series[/quote]

Absolutely. Put these photos up against photos of a current 7 and you'll struggle to see the difference. Why is Kia resorting to blatant rip-off design? I thought they were past all that?

And the canine thing is hysterical- a car we really can call a dog.

28 February 2012

Looks okay but it's a lot more conservatively styled than I thought it would be. I wonder if Peter Schreyer was involved in the design or if this has been done by another team within the company?

 

 

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

28 February 2012

Before I read anything I thought "Hello 7-series"...

I'm sure a few know that ex Audi design boss is behind this vehicle. Which makes even more sense as to why they called it K (KIA) 9.
Don't be surprised if KIA start launching the K7, K5, K3 and K1.

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