2013 Kia K9 flagship luxury sedan revealed image

Kia Motor has revealed its all-new K9 flagship sedan, which goes on sale Korea in the first half of the year.

Known internally by its KH development name, the K9 will enter Kia’s line-up above the existing Optima and Cadenza sedans, which are sold as the K5 and K7 in South Korea.

Although not yet official, the Kia K9 is set to come with three different engine options. These include an entry-level 3.8-litre V6 producing 248kW, a 4.6-litre V8 producing 287kW, to a range-topping 5.0-litre ‘Tau’ V8 producing 320kW. All engines come from Hyundai.

The letter “K” represents not only Kia and Korea, but also refers to the Greek word “Kratos” (meaning powerful, domination and reign) and the English word “Kinetic” (meaning active, dynamic).

Kia K9 is the latest continuation of Kia’s evolving design DNA, carrying its family-look radiator grille, bold “high-tech luxury car” style LED headlamps, with classic design echoes in its voluminous hood. Viewed from the front, Kia K9 presents an imposing and characterful image, the automaker said.

With only one rear-wheel architecture known to exist in the Hyundai-Kia catalogue, it is likely to be the same platform underpinning Hyundai’s Genesis sedan.
If that’s the case, watch for the K9 to feature an eight-speed automatic transmission – possibly even Hyundai’s upcoming 10-speed shifter.

A starting price below the $58,750 sticker of the Equus in the U.S. would also be likely, that is, if the K9 ever does arrive.