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.