Kia K9 flagship sedan makes its debut in Korea

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2012

Kia has released the official images of the all-new flagship sedan that will be launched in Korea during the first half of 2012 where it will be dubbed as the ‘K9’. In previous reports, this vehicle was known by its ‘KH’ codename. However, we’ll know later this year what its name would be when it arrives in export markets and when it’s launched overseas.

The ‘K9’ is the first rear-wheel drive sedan of Kia and it gets the brand’s ‘best of the best’ design, driving performance and high technology capabilities. In Korea as well as in overseas markets, this model is included in the most eagerly anticipated all-new models for 2012.

This K9 model is the last to be added to Kia’s domestic market ‘K’ series range of passenger cars, which include the front-wheel drive K5 (named Optima in overseas markets such as Europe) and K7 (Cadenza in overseas markets but not offered in Europe) sedans. The “K” in this range isn’t simply a reference to Kia and Korea but also to the Greek word ‘Kratos’ – which means powerful, domination and reign as well as the English word ‘Kinetic’, which means active and dynamic.

This trio of sedans under the ‘K’ series speaks of Kia’s determination to give consumers the widest product lineup and to be known as a major presence in the global automotive industry by continuously developing new technological features.

Sketches of the new model have been released awhile back. But it’s from these images of the K9 exterior that we see its design concept with the ‘high-tech luxury sedan’ image. The K9 is the latest model to continue Kia’s evolving design.

It gets the familial tiger-nose- radiator grille, strong ‘high-tech luxury car’ style LED headlamps, with a classically designed voluminous hood. From the front, K9 has a striking image that shows off a lot of character. In addition, it’s seen to have a sophisticated and bold profile with its simple but powerful character line and the novel and sturdy rear view with its advanced LED combination lamps and lavish chrome garnish and bumper-integrated muffler.

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