By May 11, 2012 Read More →

Kia K9 launched in Korea

Kia’s all-new luxury flagship sedan went on sale in Korea. The new Kia K9 is taking the brand into an entirely new segment of the global automotive market. The striking new rear-wheel drive sedan will be launched in a number of key overseas markets starting in the fourth quarter of 2012. Known as the K9 in Korea, the new flagship sedan will have a different name in overseas markets – to be revealed closer to its on sale date.

Designing for a rear-wheel drive platform has provided Kia with an opportunity for proportions that define luxury. As a large rear-wheel drive vehicle, K9 boasts a long wheelbase which gives a generous first impression. As the engine sits further back, the A-pillar is also pushed back to create a longer hood and an impressive short front overhang. Consequently, the distance between the center of the wheel and the A-pillar is increased. With a 5090mm overall length and 3045mm wheelbase, K9 offers generous front and rear occupant space. Overall width and height are 1900mm and 1490mm, respectively, which creates a spacious cabin environment, while efficient aerodynamics and close attention to exterior detailing result in a highly competitive Cd of 0.27.

Initially, K9 will be available in overseas markets powered by an upgraded 290 hp Lambda V6 3.8-liter MPI engine, with a 334 hp 3.8 GDI engine joining the global engine line-up next year. For fitment to K9, Kia’s engineers boosted the Lambda V6’s power output, raised its efficiency and enhanced its refinement – making it well-suited to power the new flagship model. The normally aspirated twin DOHC 3.8-liter engines are equipped with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system (VIS). 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.

Together with the ultra-stiff bodyshell made with 74.3 percent high-strength steel, K9’s electronically controlled air suspension with five-link front and rear suspension geometry has given the new flagship first-class ride and handling characteristics. Four driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow) enable the driver to choose a preferred set-up of suspension, steering, engine and transmission ideal for various road conditions or driving styles.

When it goes on sale in overseas markets, Kia K9 will premiere a range of advanced luxury features and technologies that are second to none. Depending on model, available active safety features will include fully adaptive all-LED headlamps, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), radar-based Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) and an Around-View Monitor (AVM) with four cameras. Premium comfort features include a 12.3-inch full size Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD cluster, a HUD (head-up display), twin 9.2-inch monitors to entertain rear seat occupants and a remarkable 17-channel, 17-speaker Lexicon (by Harman) sound system and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) which adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain the distance from the vehicle ahead. A special VIP option will offer twin heated and ventilated rear seats with a reclining backrest, sliding cushion and lower leg support for the nearside seat, together with a front passenger seat that slides forwards when unoccupied.


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