Kia Motors has announced the market availability of the new K9 (or K900 in certain markets) flagship luxury saloon with the brand’s domestic market, the Middle East and the United States being the early adopters of the new saloon.
Depending on the market, the K9 is available with a choice of four different petrol powertrains – 3.3-litre GDI V6, 3.8-litre GDI V6, 3.3-litre T-GDI V6 and a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. Regardless of engine choice, the K9 comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive system.
Sitting on a new platform, the new K9 measures 5,120 mm in length, 1,915 mm in width and 1,490 mm in height with a wheelbase of 3,105 mm. Overall, the flagship sedan wears the brand’s new ‘Quadric Pattern’ front grille made up of 176 individual jewel-like cell which will be new design direction of future Kia models, replacing the familiar ‘Tiger Nose’ grille design.
A collaborative design effort by Kia’s global design HQ in Namyang, Korea and it’s U.S. design studio in Irvine, California, the K9 oozes strong global appeal through a “Gravity of Prestige” design concept, giving the K9 an imposing and strong character.
The interior is also befitting of the brand’s ethos for the car – 12.3-inch HMI screen integrated to the dashboard controlled by a rotary dial placed next to the gear selector Maurice Lacroix analogue clock designed specifically for the luxury sedan, contrast stitching, Lexicon premium sound system, LCD instrument cluster and 16-colour ambient lighting co-developed with Pantone Colour Research Institute.
Standard safety equipment reads nine airbags, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Blind-spot View Monitor, Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Safe Exit Assist (SEA).
At the moment, there are no plans to introduce right-hand drive versions of the Kia K9. The all-new K9 will be built exclusively in Kia’s Sohari premium car manufacturing facility in South Korea.