A couple of weeks ago, we shared sketches of the KH concept sedan by Kia (also called the K9 in some circles), but if you're friends with the South Korean automaker on Facebook, you got first access to images of their flagship sedan.

As we reported before, Soon-Nam Lee, the company's overseas marketing director, says the car will go on sale in South Korea in the first half of this year and then in most major markets soon thereafter. It's based on the same real-wheel-drive BH platform shared by the Hyundai Genesis and Equus, and should therefore have some 5.0-liter V8 horsepower to back up its big, bold, BMW-like looks.

Before it hits the streets, though, Kia needs your help. They're asking their Facebook fans to put on their collective thinking caps and name the stately sedan. Suggestions so far include Kratos, Stylus, Zion, Luxor, Nirvana, Decima and Panther. But we're pretty sure Autoblog readers can come up with way better names than that.


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      Bobby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why all the downvotes? They're not hating the car directly, just saying it pretty much looks like a Beemer. And people say it looks like a K7 rather a BMW GT. look it up, this car definitely looks more BMW than that. So the general consensus says BMW, maybe that will help Kia make more cars like the optima. Don't say we all hate Kia either, I love the direction theyre going. But this car is eh. If BMW didn't exist this would b drop dead gorgeous, definitely unique car. But seriously even my friends that work at Kia thought BMW when they saw this and they see Kia's every day!
      Imad Khan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car although looks good but is a ridiculous copy of the BMW 5 series or 7 for that matter. Kia was doing such a good job with their new cars like the optima, why have they gone back to their notorious ways of copying other designs ? This is flop !
      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a 7 series with a joint kidney grille. The car may be good no doubt about it, but its such a cheap shot copy in design! Cmon kia, you can do better
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Peter Schreyer must've been on vacation while this design was being done by junior members of the design team...
      KaBoomBOX
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is very disappointing after what was hinted at in the GT Concept. It probably would have been alright if we hadn't been told that the GT was supposed to hint at this.
      joejoe590
      • 2 Years Ago
      As far as the name... K9 is terrible. All the names above are terrible. I don't have a better suggestion. Just don't use any of those...
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Introducing the all new Kia "K-CAR" not to be confused with the Chrysler platform. No but seriously how about "Revolution" or something along those lines.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      total BMW rip of... close the center of the grill and you look into a BMW face..
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not one of their most original designs. It definitely borrows liberally from the 7 Series and then grafts an inelegant fish mouth onto it. Kia has even less nameplate "cachet" then Hyundai, so they better price it cheap to move it.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happened to the GT?
      Brett
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it. I voted Kia Palermo, Valencia, or Malaga. Also, since we're all talking about how it's such a ripoff, why has no one mentioned the heaping helping of Maser Q-porte in the c-pillar and trunkline?
      joejoe590
      • 2 Years Ago
      Much like everyone else I'm wondering what BMW's take is on this... I thought they hired Peter Schreyer from Audi not Chris Bangle from BMW. I know that some designs cross brands and there's nothing we can do about it. And I know that luxury brand design elements have a way of trickling down to the more "lowly" brands eventually. But... seriously Kia??!! From a distance, I'm not sure I could tell the difference.
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