2013 Kia K9 spy shots

Exclusive spy shots: 2013 Kia K9 caught in the wild for the first time!

Before we move to Geneva Auto Show, which officially begins on Tuesday, March 1st., we should take a look at a mysterious prototype, which has been caught in South Korea recently.

Heavily camouflaged large-sized sedan is widely believed to be the all-new Kia K9 luxury car, which has been rumored to make its official debut in 2012 or 2013.

Expected to debut in spring next year, the K9 luxury car will share its platform with Hyundai Equus sedan.

The highlight of new Kia K9 will be the all-new 5.0L V8 Tau engine, which churns out impressive 429 horsepower and Kia’s new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The highly-advanced V8 engine will feature gasoline direct injection technology, as well as Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), which will significantly improve the car’s driving dynamics and refinement.

The 2013 Kia K9 will first go on sale in the home Korean market, however, latest rumors suggest that the model will also appear in the North American market. Thanks for the pics, K-Kim!

2013 Kia K9 spy shots:

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17 thoughts on “2013 Kia K9 spy shots

  1. No, no I think that you misunderstood me. Take a look at Kia’s Korean website, they made some updates to the Cadenza which make it more appealing to the US market. Also, as I have said before, I think Kia has ditched the alpha-numeric crap….the Morning wasn’t the K1 and the Rio wasn’t the K2.

    Yes, you guys, this is a Kia. It got the green light almost 2 years ago, and here it is. Engineered, designed, tested and now finally out in the open. It takes at least 2 years to design and engineer a vehicle from scratch, then about a year after it tests out in the open…for a total of three years from inception. There is nothing really mysterious about any of it.

  2. I just can’t see hyundai allowing Kia to make their own version of the Equus. The Equus has just started selling in NA and still is not a proven vehicle, although it is quite nice. With Kia’s brand perception lower than Hyundai’s THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING? I highly doubt a luxury car from Kia will be taken seriously. Not because it won’t be a good car, but because people think of kia as hyundai’s basement brand,

  3. Hyundai is just on their toes with the Equus coming out an all, but if this car ever comes to North America, I hope the sales don’t clash. Just because Hyundai is doing it, doesn’t mean Kia should be doing it. I think Kia should’ve focused on the Kee and bring out a lightweight RWD Miata fighter instead.
    Just curious to see how this car will perform. People had doubts about Hyundai going against the 7 series and the S-class, and the Lexus LS with the Equus.

  4. I think this is more Genesis-sized, and for sure more sport-oriented (not as long WB or luxury focused) and cheaper. I see this as a Camaro/Challenger/Mustang Fighter more than anything. Most likely a base V6 will be priced in the low 20s with the 5.0L model hitting the mid 30s.

  5. Very interesting indeed. Can’t wait to see it without the camouflage. A 5L V8, 8 speed, RWD Kia. Never thought I’d see the day. 😀

  6. The hybrid Optima starts at $24,295, I don’t see how that conflicts with a much more feature laden (and bigger) Cadenza. The Cadenza has a lot more room. The (K9) won’t appeal to the same people the Cadenza will, and adds another vehicle to the line-up. The people that buy the Cadenza aren’t interested in the Optima or K9, the Cadenza has a grown-up feel about it.

  7. I’m not worried in the least bit. Scenario: Let’s say the month before K9 goes on sale,
    Azera sales are at 6000,
    Cadenza sales are at 7500,
    Genesis sales are at 7000 and
    Equus sales are at 5000.
    K9 goes on sale, and at the end of that month,
    Azera sales are 5000 (-1000),
    Cadenza sales are at 6500 (-1000),
    Genesis sales are at 6000 (-1000) and
    Equus sales fall to 4000 (-1000).
    K9 sells 5000 units.
    Well, even though each individual model saw sales fall, Hyundai-Kia sold 1,000 more cars than the month before. THAT is why I’m not worried. Sales it takes away, it will easily make up for, because it is appealing to a wider range of customers.

  8. I love this car. If it goes more to a Full size RWD Charger/Camaro figter I would be happy. I would think it would be a mistake going against Hyundai’s Equus. Although I think Kia should stop at Cadenza for size and to split up the Hyundai/ Kia image, Hyundai should drop the Accent. Hard to have a brand to be considered Luxury if you can buy one of their cars for 12 grand. Just my thaughts.

  9. Now that I think about Kia has a good variety of cars to choose from. They appeal to the youth with the soul, forte, and rio. They appeal to families with the sorento, sportage, and sedona. They also appeal to people who want a fun/luxury/sports car with the optima, cadenza, and K9. Good job kia! Can’t wait to see the KV7!

  10. Mid March. It is now on Kia.com, and our dealer has been able to invoice them. Late March if you have a smaller dealer.

  11. I am planning to buy one as soon as it comes out. I don’t worry about gas prices….I never have, and I won’t until they are 8+ dollars per gallon.

  12. Build it and they will come. This car isn’t going to compete with any of the cars you mentioned. I really don’t see this car being more than $37k fully loaded. It isn’t an Equus, or even a Genesis in terms of features. You will see.

  13. It is bigger than the Amanti and has Rear-wheel-drive. How do you like your Amanti? There is a 2009 model in my family, and it has been a great car, 28k miles! Hard to believe it is even a Kia.

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