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Kia teases flagship sedan

2012-02-14 09:34

Korean automaker Kia has revealed the first official images of its new flagship sedan. Codenamed KH, the new model is Kia’s first rear-wheel drive sedan and according to Kia the KH is “distinctive, modern and classic”.

The new model has a bold front-end design and a giant version of the brand's family-face radiator grille flanked by sloping headlights.

At the rear you can spot unique light clusters and chromed accents which give the KH sporty appeal.

It’s rumoured the KH will mark the debut of a 10-speed auto transmission under development by Hyundai and Kia. The gearbox is slated to debut in the Hyundai Genesis and Equus by 2014.

Kia’s Soon-Nam Lee says: “Our all-new flagship sedan integrates all of our key capabilities - design, performance, high-tech features and infotainment - into one striking model.

Kia KH

V8 POWERED: The new KH will ride of the same platform as Hyundai's Equus sedan. This means the KH is likely to sport a V8 engine mated to an eight-speed auto.

“Although launch timings for those overseas markets it will go to are yet to be confirmed, this all-new rear-wheel drive large sedan will definitely become the leading model of our global line-up, showcasing the best of the best of Kia."

The KH is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March and be launched in Asia early 2012.

Comments
  • Marco - 2012-02-14 15:18

    Shape looks more than a little BMWish, even got the kick in the c pillar

      raath - 2012-02-15 10:51

      And the taillights are almost 7-series-ish...

  • Kwashic - 2012-02-14 17:00

    Yep... especially those headlights. With the Koreans the product will probably look very close to the concept or drawings... so too bad for BMW who will still be drawing nice concepts then producing boring designs. We will begin to know the BMW design characteristics as Kia ones!

  • naolifant - 2012-02-15 14:28

    and the good thing is that Kia/Hyundi will put this into production...unlike some companies' embryos that remain in gestation forever. Well done Kia.

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