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FLAGSHIP SEDAN: Kia hopes to take on BMW with its new K9 looking much like an altered 5 Series GT especially with its headlights and grille.


2012 Kia K9 (Spy)

2012-02-10 09:15

Kia hopes to update its image with a luxury sedan model, sporting V6 to V8 engines, and planned for 2012. Check out the new K9!

Kia has revealed the latest batch of photographs of its new flagship sedan to be launched during the first half of 2012 year in Korea.

The new K9 is the Korean automaker's first rear-wheel drive sedan and derives its name from Kia’s domestic market "K" series range of passenger cars which includes the Optima.


The K9’s exterior carries Kia’s evolving design DNA, with its "‘tiger-nose" radiator grille, diode lights and a voluminous hood.  Viewed from the front, the car presents an imposing and characterful image... not to mention more than a passing resemblance to BMW's 5 Series GT.

Kia K9

GOING GREEK: The letter "K" not only represents Kia and its home country, Korea, but also refers to the Greek word "kratos" which means powerful, domination and reign.

Kia has yet to reveal any real technical information but the new model will share a its platform with Hyundai's Genesis sedan. This means it could feature the same range of petrol engines, which includes a 193kW 3.3 V6, 213kW 3.8 V6 and 269kW 4.6 V8.

Soon-Nam Lee, director of the overseas marketing group, said: “The K9 is our first rear-wheel drive sedan, created without compromise in its design, driving performance and new technologies. It sets a whole new level of standards and values in the large sedan segment, and its design will be another Kia demonstration of our brand’s power to surprise."

Kia has yet to designate a name for export markets and will reveal its global launch date later in 2012.

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