• Feb 27, 2011
Kia K9 – Click above for image gallery

Remember the proposed Kia K9 luxury sedan? Apparently, it's a reality, as spy shots of the Kia flagship have hit a web forum in Korea. As you can see, the K9's camouflage (which sneakily includes Hyundai Genesis wheels) doesn't obscure a set of Maserati Quattroporte-style fender ports. Just how upmarket is Kia shooting with this? Well, according to the tipster who sent them to us, the K9 is expected to slot into the market space between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedans.

If those two are anything to go on, Kia might be on to something. From these photos, it looks like the K9 will not only sport Quttroporte-referencing vents along its fenders, but long, angular headlights and a protruding grille, leaving impressions of the BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XJ - lofty benchmarks, indeed. Thanks for the tip, K7!



[Source: Bobaedream.co.kr]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "upscale cues include Maserati-style side vents"

      Heh. Downscale cues include badge and origin.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i bet if you made a little piece to fit in the middle of the grill it would look like they just took the face of the 5 series ... i hate that this is still going on , look at the sonada its great and original, come up with your own style Hyundai-Kia
      • 3 Years Ago
      K9? I hope someone lets them know that means DOG in this country!!

      Make it 25K and I'll try one out!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just make a Kia-badged genesis, then a Kia-badged equus. Between genesis and equus = 5 series territory? Oh Kia, you have made several advancements, but that doesn't mean you can compete with European luxury cars directly....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm well aware there's camo on this car, but it looks like a ripoff of the 7-series front end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another lame, worthless post by IBx1 - shocking!

        Btw, I don't see "droopy" headlights on this unlike on the 7 Series.
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Equus was made not to impress Western consumers but to let people know that Hyundai makes such a car in Korea, for Korean customers. Hence, you do not have to become impressed nor buy one. Rather buy a Lexus or Merc for that matter: there are so many you can buy at $50k. If you think Equus is a badgeless Merc, be my guest and don't comment. This car aint for you in the first place.

      2. The next gen Equus will definitely be targeted to Western as well as foreign customers once luxury brand has been launched. Anyone checked the used car price of a Genesis? That is what you get if you do not have some seperate badge.

      3. The above is INDEED the Kia K9. Now, it will be based on the Genesis platform, but will be positioned between the Genesis and Equus. Now, don't blame them. I don't remember K9 currently having plans to be launched abroad, but in time, it will.

      4. K9 is said to benchmark closely with the Maserati's Gran Coupe in terms of design.

      5. K9 seems to be targeting the growing import car market in Korea, where it is projected to grow to 10% of the overall market per annum(that would be like 140k units/yr). There are tonnes of BMW 5 and Merc E classes here in Seoul, and both are number 1-2 sellers. No wonder Hyundai and Kia are grinding their battle axes. The K9 is just one of the sharp ones...



      • 3 Years Ago
      They managed to walk behind the car and take a pic there, but not take one of the interior? Figure if they were able to take that rear pic(They had to walk between the cars...), the security is not that tight.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia Amanti? Is that you?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That could be a new maserati concept but they fool you with the wheels but if a Kia I would totally buy it looks mean
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know, I'm inclined to think it's a Maserati as well, with Hyundai wheels to throw people off. The Quattroporte is in need of an update. It would really surprise me if a Kia actually had that grille and those side ports. I mean, there's imitation and then there's straight up ripping something off. And Schreyer and Kia seem a little more skilled than that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why would Maserati be testing a car in Korea though?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed that Peter Schreyer uses these little detail rip-offs. It's not only surprising because he has his own great style already, but also because the cars often look better without these borrowed cues. First the out-of-place M5-style fender vents on the Optima, and now these portholes. Unnecessary.
        • 3 Years Ago
        M5 vent or a Ford Taurus vent?

        Can add Cadillac and a no. of others to the mix as well.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia is going in the right direction...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it RWD?
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