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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12 thoughts on “All-new Kia K9 goes on sale in Korea

  1. I agree this car is the bomb. Love the front end-aggressive and with a mission. And a 17-speaker Lexicon by Harman stereo system. Proud of the boys from Kia. Love this RWD luxo-car from Kia Motors of South Korea!!

  2. Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in the details of the front end (could have been better), as well as the design of the dash/center stack which is too “fuddy-duddy” and already looks outdated (but perfect for the conservative Korean execs who will be driven around in the K9 (also wish the taillights were more interesting in shape like those on the Optima or K7).

    Up front, the shape of the headlights would look sleeker w/o the bottom “kink” and the shape of the grill would have looked better if the bottom ends weren’t upturned as much.

    Also, the vertical grill slats look a bit awkward with the grill shape and some sort of mesh or interlocking grill treatment would have been better (would go better w/ the sportier sheetmetal); maybe Kia will do that for a sport-trim for the K9.

  3. And speaking of races, Kia could have had a 1-2 finish in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge race, but the no.2 Kia Optima driver tried to pass the no.1 Optima and ended up smacking the rear of the no.1 Optima causing both to crash.

  4. Still looks way too much like the BMW 6 series in the front and a rip off of the 6 series in the rear.

    When this comes to America the Front and Rear will have to be restructured otherwise people here will call it the POOR MAN BMW.

  5. What you have expounded on here in detail, is great and all. Yet it is not a reason to let KIA off the hook with this design.

    In this class of vehicle people are looking to DISTINGUISH themselves and in this class of vehicle at this price point people want PANACHE, to be NOTICED, too STAND OUT.

    Now Kia has been on a roll Forte stood out some people screamed Civic but the design was different than Civic it was the dimensions that seem to scream out Civic.

    Sorento clearly nothing on the market looks like it, shaped like it stands out. I have had people say it is the poor mans Acura MDX and all I can say is they are reaching.

    Optima what can I say the sales numbers speak for itself on the design.

    Soul is a take or leave it design but it stood out people noticed it. To the point Soul stole market share and customers from Scion who is now scrapping there whole line up basically.

    So what I am say is these vehicle are successful because of DESIGN and PACKAGING.

    I can’t say that about the K9 not at all. From front bumper to A pillar BMW Between the A and C pillar this is
    a widen and stretched version of the OPTIMA, C pillar to the rear bumper is BMW, and inside lets be real that is an
    AUDI interior.

    Kia fell short on the K9 and if you recall I was way more excited about the GT and wanting that vehicle here NOW.

    My one problem with K9 and GT they speak to the same customer they are the same car except the GT is more EXOTIC looking. If I am Kia keep the K9 in Korea but I would release the GT for every where else even if it means bumping up the dimensions to be exact with the Korean K9 and throwing in the Tau V-8. To me that makes more sense and will give Kia the next big hit here in the States.

  6. Very impressed with recent Kia designs. Owned a K5 myself and quite happy with it overall. Kia still have alot of room to improve. Such as refining the smoothness of the engine. Although the 4-cyl Thetha-2 engine has a balancer shaft, it is still rough not creamy like some rivals. On the feel and sound of the doors closing, they still don’t feel and sound solid . They are tinny and there is some rattle as you close the door or boot lid. Perhaps these are two areas that KIA can pay more attention. The twin exhausts look stunning but the sound is less so. Could have made it purrrrr like a 6-cyl BMW!! On the information department, Kia can include a volt meter display to show the health of the battery and charging rate. This is one very useful instrument which is lacking in modern cars. anyways, I hope Kia is listening.

  7. Don’t find that much similarity btwn the headlights on the K9 and BMW GT.

    The K9 headlights are elongated and angled much more sharply towards the A pillar and are faceted so that the transparent top of the headlight casing flows into the hoodline as an extension of the hood shape.

  8. @bd, Dude the grill can be traced all the way back to BUICK and Oldsmobile look up the history of that particular Grill FRONT. BMW just kinda claimed it and the medallion just happens to give the look cache not original not exquisite but one that I am willing to GIVE to BMW cause they just make it work and distinctive to them.

    Mitsubishi was using a form of that grill for awhile and dumped it and them Lincoln Mks and Mkz picked it up but now for 2013 the Grill for the Lincoln is AWFUL GOD AWFUL yyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeuck. Kia has got to get the front end of the K9 and GT JUST right you only get 1 chance to do this.

    Look how long it has taken Genesis to get noticed and really it is not noticed for its exterior but INTERIOR PACKAGING same with EQUUS. I disagree that the large cars lack style and pinache. Aston Martin Rapide has it right, Audi 8 has it right and now a new FAST BACK or Four Door Coupe look, even Toyota Avalon got me turning my head with the newly released concept. Lexus and Infiniti are confused right now don’t know what their design studios are doing. THe one that does it best is Citroen they are always OUT THE BOX and leading not enough companies are copying them.

  9. More I see it the more I like. It looks better than this week’s FACELIFTED 7 Series.

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  11. That’s a real good looking car . I hAve a 2007 rio and fir 5 years no problems what’s so ever. I bet the k9 will be a full blow out . Good job..

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