Kia K9 Korean-Market Luxury Sedan Unveiled

By Jason Davis | February 28, 2012
Kia's KH Concept is now officially the Kia K9, a Korean-market luxury sedan, and the pinnacle of Kia's K-themed lineup. Unveiled today in Korea, little is known about the all-new, rear-wheel drive model, especially under the hood. According to Kia, the K9 will feature a host of technological advancements, and is said to offer uncompromised performance from its rear-wheel drive platform—a first for Kia—and "best of the best" design, highlighted by LED headlamps and the familiar "tiger-nose, radiator grille." “K9 sets a whole new level of standards and values in the large sedan segment," said Kia Director of Overseas Marketing Soon-Nam Lee . "Its design will be another Kia demonstration of our brand’s power to surprise.”
And a surprise it is. We see distinct design similarities to Audi's A7 and the Lexus GS with a bit of Maserati Quattroporte flair thrown in, though it remains to be seen whether the Kia K9 will have the interior amenities and performance to match. What is most surprising however is the note that it will not be European bound, just like the K7 (Cadenza in non-US, and non-European markets), and a decision on the K9's launch for markets outside of Korea, specifically the "naming and launch timings," will be announced later in the year. No word yet on whether the Kia K9 will come stateside to compete with its sister manufacturer's Hyundai Equus, but we welcome the opportunity. Source: Kia