The Age is reporting that Kia may bring its new V8-powered sedan to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Code-named the K9, the vehicle is said to slot right into the market void between the Hyundai Genesis Sedan and Equus with styling penned by none other than Peter Schreyer of Volkswagen and Audi fame. While speaking with The Age, Schreyer said that a rear-wheel-drive layout is the most exciting for designers, but that he couldn't speak about products that are "probably" in development. When it lands, the K9 is expected to draw inspiration from the BMW 5 Series, though that's not exactly what we've seen from spy shots so far.

From the few photos that we've seen of the big four-door, the K9 looks to lift more generously from the design playbooks of Maserati and Jaguar. With side ports on its fenders, a set of aggressively-wrapped headlights and a vertical grille, the vehicle seems to be a potluck of luxury looks, but we'll wait to cast our final answer until we see the big Korean under the auto show lights. Thanks for the tip, Ed!




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      Hoon Bong
      • 3 Years Ago
      I found more spy shots of K9. check this out. http://www.bobaedream.co.kr/board/bulletin/view.php?code=newcar&No=3493
      julien
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares about this corrupted "auto brand" that along with Hyundai. all it does is steal other auto makers designs and cannot think of anything on their own. Taking some ideas from other auto brands is fine, but repeating to do so at an alarming rate is just intolerable.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @julien
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        mlfertig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @julien
        and the VW CC isnt almost an exact copy of the Mercedes CLK?? They all copy each other..once a shape is poular its reproduced over and over,,so why act like copying a style is something new and horrible..its the long term quality that most important
      • 3 Years Ago
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      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who will i copy this time? BMW,LEXUS? maybe, JAGUAR.. Who knows for sure, after all, this the Korean Copy Cat Company is known for there copy cat styles.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        Really? Remind me what the Cadenza and Optima copied again? What about the new Rio sedan or the Soul?
          ApplePie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          Oh, I'm sorry, you must be blind. The current Sonata = Mercedes Benz CLS. 2004 Sonata = 2003 Honda accord. Kia Forte= Honda Civic grill. Current Kia Optima = Lexus IS profile. Hyundai Genesis = E class wannabe. And this atrocity looks like a 5 Series rip off. I could go on, but, you know. It speaks for itself LOL
          Josh Linder
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          Even the Kia Optima SX 18" wheels are a blatant ripoff of a VW design (available on the previous-gen Jetta and Passat). And seriously, the Kia Amanti was an absolute direct copy of the Jaguar S-Type (with the exception of the horrendous, blinding front LED turn signals).
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia has done an amazing job moving out of the "it's the only crap I could afford" market into designing desirable cars across several classes. I personally am really looking forward to seeing this car and seeing some more specific specs. And with any car gone V-Awesome, I can't wait to hear what it sounds like. Here's to hoping Kia keeps the trend alive!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          Counter points - Their quality has never been higher, and according to JD Power, Consumer Reports, and TrueDelta their reliability is above average. So how exactly are they crap if STASTICIALLY SOUND research studies with huge sample sizes prove you wrong??? - Ripping off? Peter Schreyer was the main designer, so he is using HIS OWN IDEAS on other vehicles. You can't rip off yourself, especially if you were the lead designer. Foolish comment. - Their fleet sales are lower than GM, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. What would you say about the rest of those brands? I wouldn't call any of those, other than Mitsubishi, a bottom feeder. Again, you have no idea of what you are talking about. You make yourself look stupid.
          Nuhu Bappa
          • 3 Years Ago
          dis guy is a fool!
          ACSRHS
          • 3 Years Ago
          Hmmm I wonder who downrated those comments LOL. Just because your opinion is different doesn't mean you have to be so judgemental to everyone else. And until you turn around an auto company I wouldn't be so quick to sit on your computer making critisisms, unless you're paid to do that.
          Mel @ aWingThing.COm
          • 3 Years Ago
          Seriously, you fail at paying attention.
          chosonnom
          • 3 Years Ago
          I bought one thank you, and I'm not a bottom feeder.
      huskertex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bet it looks like a dog...
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, I do hope someone will point out to Kia what the "canine" means... : P
        JeremyClarkson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Orin O'Neill
        I remember reading a Kia insider's report that there WAS, in fact, an argument over the name "K9." They all know the name implies something completely random and different. Plus I doubt that this vehicle is going to be launched with a name for KDM (just like Optima wasn't launched as K5 in America).
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks nice, like a blue collar Quattroporte.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      if this is a clean sheet of paper Peter Schreyer design, I have complete, 100% faith, it will be devastatingly well-conceived.
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that the K9 will be a little bit more enticing than the Genesis.
      Andre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is called the Kia Amati in the US.
      Bimmerholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy is not making comments. It is called simple trolling.
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