2013 Kia K9 Unveiled

2013 Kia K9 Unveiled

In Korea the 2013 Kia K9 has just gone on sale. The luxury sedan appeared in showrooms on May 2. The new flagship’s platform was designed by Peter Schreyer, former Audi designer. It is the same platform we can find on the Hyundai Equus, a car that is equally luxurious. But do not make the mistake of thinking the 2 care are the same.

Unlike the Equus, the K9 is powered by a V6 displacing 3.8 liters developing 280 horsepower. The former model is powered by a larger V8 engine. However, a more powerful version of this engine is available for those wanting a bit more. Using direct injection technology, the horse count is raised to 330. The downside of all that is the more powerful engine will arrive when the K9 goes global which will be next year.

Transmitting power to the wheels falls to the 8 speed automatic gearbox, a newly developed price of equipment. The gear ratio is wide enough to ensure satisfying acceleration and provide a satisfying experience at high speeds. Shift-by-wire technology with a joystick control will allow for smooth and quick gear change. Drivers will be able to choose from 4 different driving modes: Eco, Sport, Snow and Normal. The name explains everything about performance level, fuel consumption, as well as road condition adapting and individual driving style.

Another boasting point for the K9 is the nearly perfect weight distribution ratio of 50/50 front-to-rear, for a 16.7 feet long vehicle; it also claims a drag coefficient of 0.27. The joining is made possible thanks to a stiff bodyshell made primarily of high strength steel. Electronically controlled air suspension with five-link front and rear suspension geometry can be found in the K9 too.

The global version will mark a few premieres for the Kia brand. Some luxury and technology features will be seen the first time on Kia cars, but whether or not you will see them depends on trim level. Here is a list of features the car will support (again, remember that they depend on trim level). Among them we have all-LED headlights, lane-departure and blind-sport warning systems, camera-based around-view monitor, active cruise control, a 12.3-inch central display, a head-up display, twin monitors 9.2 inches to keep rear seat occupants entertained plus a Lexicon (by Harman) sound system with 17 speakers. Moreover, a special ‘VIP’ option will come with twin heated and ventilated rear seats plus a reclining backrest, sliding cushion and lower leg support for the nearside seat, alongside with a front passenger seat which slides forwards when unoccupied.

Soon Nam Lee, Kia’s overseas marketing chief: “This all-new rear-wheel drive large sedan will definitely become the leading model of our lineup around the world, showcasing the best of the best of Kia.” This means that the US and other strategic markets are going to see the car soon. When and if, it does come to those markets we can be sure it will be priced below the 60k dollars range; a new name is to be expected too. No one wants his cars confused with his pet dog.

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