Kia K9 Flagship Sedan Now On Sale in Korea

The new, rear-drive Kia K9 officially goes on sale in Korea this week and now we have more details on its powertrain choices and features. The automaker first unveiled its new flagship sedan earlier this year.


Kia says the K9 is the automaker's first large rear-drive sedan in over a decade. As previously reported, the K9 is largely based on the Hyundai Genesis sedan, and two V-6 engines will be offered once the K9 reaches overseas markets. The first is the automaker’s Lambda 3.8-liter V-6 tuned to 286 hp while a direct-injection 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 329 hp will also be available. Both engines send power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Kia claims the K9 has “near-perfect front/rear weight distribution.” With an overall length of 200.4 inches, the K9 falls in between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedans, which are 196.3 and 203.1 inches, respectively. The K9’s 119.9-wheelbase, however, matches the Equus and is longer than the Genesis (115.6). Interior dimensions weren’t provided, but we predict passengers won’t be complaining about lack of legroom.

Flagship features include adaptive all-LED headlights, a lane departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, around-view monitor with four cameras, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, and a 17-speaker premium sound system, plus two 9.2-inch screens for rear seat passengers. Four driving modes will include Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow. Like the Equus, Kia’s flagship will be offered with a premium rear-seat package featuring twin seats that are heated and ventilated with a reclining backrest.

Other markets will see the K9 this fall. A Kia spokeswoman said the automaker isn’t ready to confirm whether its new flagship will be offered in the States, although “anything is possible,” which means you better speak up if you like what you see.

Source: Kia


This is the 3rd idea BMW had for the 7 Series; the 2nd idea was produced as the Grand Coupe....
It's a good looking vehicle. I've driven the new Genesis and was extremely impressed - I think some are still trying to get past the stigma of Hyundai or Kia producing cars like this. One of the biggest things Kia has going for it these days is their exterior style.
The Equus is actually selling above expectations. For April, it was neck and neck with the Audi A8 and not far behind the LS460.
Is it just me, or does this bear a striking resemblance to the BMW 6 series sedan?
Bring it to the STATES with a more reasonable price than the Hyundai Equus which I would imagine is not selling as much as expected due to price.

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