Kia has finally released the official renderings of the all-new Kia K9, which is a replacement for the Opirus in South Korea as Kia's top model. The new rear-wheel-drive sedan is based on the platform of sister company’s Hyundai Genesis.
The production version is expected to draw design elements from the KND-5 and GT concepts, which made their debut at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show and the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show respectively. By looking at the renderings, it seemed to adopt softer lines than the sharper and edgier Optima K5. From a personal point of view, the renderings bear resemblance to BMW’s highly popular 5 series, which is not a bad idea.
“Our all-new flagship sedan integrates all of our key capabilities such as design, performance, high-tech features and infotainment into one striking model,“ says Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Director of the Overseas Marketing Group. The K9's mechanicals will be shared with the Genesis, which would likely be powered by Hyundai’s 333hp 3.8-liter V6 and possibly the 385hp 4.6-liter V8. A de-tuned version of the 390 hp, turbocharged and direct-injected 3.3-liter V6 featured in the GT concept may eventually be fitted to the new K9 too. A diesel option should also be offered for the European buyers. An eight-speed automatic will be standard.
The new Kia K9 should arrive on Kia’s domestic market in the first half of 2012.