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All-new Kia K9 goes on sale in Korea
Kia Motors unveiles its all-new K9 rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan in South Korea!
Kia’s first-ever rear-wheel drive luxury sedan made its South Korean public premiere today. The Kia K9 flagship sedan was unveiled at the carmaker’s official launching event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in central Seoul.
More than 1,000 guests, including Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-woo and Hyundai-Kia Group chairman Chung Mong-koo atended the prestigious launching ceremony.
With a 5,090 mm overall length and 3,045 mm wheelbase, the all-new Kia K9 offers generous front and rear occupant space. Overall width and height are 1,900 mm and 1,490 mm, respectively, which creates a spacious cabin environment.
Initially, K9 will be available in some overseas markets powered by an upgraded 290 horsepower Lambda V6 3.8L engine, with a 334 horsepower 3.8L gasoline direct injection -GDI engine joining the global engine line-up next year.
The all-new luxury sedan will premiere a plethora of advanced luxury features and technologies, including radar-based Blind-Spot Detection -BSD, fully adaptive LED headlamps, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), a 17-speaker Lexicon (by Harman) sound system, Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and an Around-View Monitor (AVM) with four cameras.
Every Kia K9 luxury sedan comes equipped with the carmaker’s in-house developed 8-speed automatic gearbox. 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.
“K9 is all about elegant simplicity, balanced proportions and simple surfaces,” says Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. “The class-leading long wheelbase, the prestige distance, large wheels, sharply upright short overhangs and a long sweeping shoulder line all work together in a harmony to give K9 a sporty, athletic proportion and a confident stance quintessential to a premium large rear-wheel drive vehicle.”
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