Order books for Kia’s new rear-drive saloon – the Kia K9 – have opened in Korea
2 May 2012

Order books for Kia’s new saloon – the Kia K9 – have opened in Korea. The all-new car will also be launched in some export markets by the end of the year but will not be offered in the UK. The K9 is Kia’s first rear-wheel-drive saloon and from launch, is powered by a 286bhp 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine; later in the year, a hotter 330bhp version will be made available. Power is driven to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

At 5090mm in length, 1900mm in width and 1490mm in height, the Kia K9 is similar in size to the Mercedes S-class.

Standard equipment included in the K9 comprises LED headlamps, a lane departure warning system, radar-based blind-spot detection, and an around-view monitor system (AVM) with four cameras. Peter Schreyer, Kia’s chief design officer said: “K9 is all about elegant simplicity, balanced proportions and simple surfaces.

“K9 is a clear signal of our intention and determination to compete head-to-head with the European luxury brands. And for Kia, our customers, and for me – this car is like a dream come true,”

Kabeer Mahajan

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2 May 2012

They must really have a sense of humour!

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2 May 2012

[quote Autocar] “K9 is a clear signal of our intention and determination to compete head-to-head with the European luxury brands. And for Kia, our customers, and for me – this car is like a dream come true,” [/quote]

Well there is someone towing the corporate line, if ever I've heard.

Surely as a designer a dream come true would be for the car to go global and not be limited to it's domestic market and a handful of selected other markets.

The car itself looks okay, almost 7 series in some aspects and is none the worse for that and I don't doubt that dynamically it is probably half decent but the brand as a whole needs to do a lot more before they could convince European customers to change.

 

 

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

2 May 2012

K9, bit of a dog?

Myk

2 May 2012

I think it's a bit of an unusual mis-fire from Schreyer, stylistically. Relies too much on copying the competition rather than breaking new ground. After that GT concept I was expecting more.

2 May 2012

and they eat dogs in Korea

2 May 2012

Very BMW and none the worse for that. How much does it cost anyway? I think with a decent Diesel it could well have a market.

2 May 2012

[quote Myk]I think it's a bit of an unusual mis-fire from Schreyer, stylistically. Relies too much on copying the competition rather than breaking new ground. After that GT concept I was expecting more.[/quote]

Think of the demographics for this car though..they'll be more interested in size and perceived status than a design that's too contemporary.

TBC

2 May 2012

The looks are OK, nothing to offend. I don't doubt that it will be a big hit here in South East Asia, where everything South Korean is uber cool.........

2 May 2012

I ordered my K9 a couple of weeks ago. Only it was called a BMW 5 series then.....

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