Kia has recently announced that the K9 model will be named the Qouris in Europe and in the United States.
Even if the South Korean based automaker didn’t say in what countries the new Kia Qouris will be offered, the model is expected to become available in Western Europe and in North America, where the car manufacturer is hoping for positive sales figures on its new segment. According to the company, the Qouris name, chosen for external markets, was “born” by putting together “core” and “quality”.
“Derived from the English words ‘core’ and ‘quality’, the name of our new flagship sedan hints at the attributes at the very heart of the vehicle. The word ‘Quoris’ conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus. Our decision to give this striking new sedan an unconventional name means it will stand out even further from the established crowd, driving Kia sales in what is a new segment of the global automotive market for Kia”, said Thomas Oh, the Kia executive vice president.
In South Korea, the Kia K9 is being offered with a 3.3 liter V6 engine, which is developing a total output of 296 horsepower and with a 3.8 liter V8 unit, producing 329 horsepower, both of them mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which is sending power to the rear-wheel drive. In other markets, the Qouris will be offered with a 3.8 liter Lambda V6 with 286 HP and a 3.8 liter GDI with 329 HP. In North America, a V8 option might also be included.