Kia K9 flagship sedan engine specs released
In a bid to compete head-to-head with the European luxury brands, Kia has revealed further details of their all-new flagship model, based on their first ever rear-wheel-drive platform.
Sharing the same wheelbase as a Hyundai Equus, but a fair bit shorter, it went on sale earlier this week in homeland Korea under the name ‘K9’. The K9 is 5,090 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall and is designed to offer generous amount of cabin space.
The K9 will be powered by a 286 hp Lambda 3.8-litre “MPI” V6 engine, while a direct-injection 330 hp 3.8-litre “GDI” V6 engine will join the line-up later on. Both engines will be matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire technology.
Ride and handling characteristics will be taken care of by electronically-controlled air suspension and the five-link front and rear suspension geometry.
Safety features presents itself in the form of fully adaptive all-LED headlamps, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind-Spot Detection and a four-camera Around-View Monitor.
Premium features include a 12.3-inch TFT LCD cluster, a HUD, twin 9.2-inch monitors to entertain rear seat occupants and a 17-channel, 17-speaker Lexicon sound system and Smart Cruise Control.
The ‘VIP’ option will offer heated and ventilated rear seats with a reclining backrest, sliding cushion and lower leg support together with a front passenger seat that slides forwards when unoccupied.
Here in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC countries, we expect to see the K9 launched later this year as a 2013 model under a different name. Even with a name-change though, it will still retain its BMW-inspired styling, right down to that joystick shifter.