Kia's K9 Luxury Sedan Teaser Sketch Revealed

Kia K9 luxury sedan teaser sketch presented at Songdo design conference - 500
Kia K9 luxury sedan teaser sketch presented at Songdo design conference - 500 / aboutcar.co.kr

Thanks to a WCF reader simply named SW, we now have a picture of what is probably Kia's entrée into the luxury sports sedan segment. Kia's chief designer Peter Schreyer reportedly unveiled this sketch of a car referred to as K9 at a design conference near Seoul last Friday.

Schreyer, best known for designing the original Audi TT when he was still at Audi, is said to have compared the car's design prowess to that of the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. Kia's plans do include a luxury sedan codenamed the CH, which is scheduled for launch around 2011 and is the sister car to Hyundai's Genesis sedan (codenamed BH). Contrary to Korean media reports that the K9 is in the same league as the Equus, speculation is that this sketch is actually the smaller CH.

Rumoured engines include a petrol V8 for markets like the US in addition to those already used by the Genesis. It could also sport an 8-speed automatic gearbox.


Published Dec 9th, 2009 4:00am By Thami Masemola

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andy andy
you guys keep saying about kia cant do build mid size sedan, but try to look over the car , compare all the features/price, you will see this car beats bim 5, lexus GS, audi A6 ...,im not saying about handling and stuffs, you dont need these things in mid size sedan , price is a main factor to drive kia up to upper market in range .
Dec 10th, 2009 10:12pm
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andy andy
carfan56, i don't think you are from north America, and you don't know nothing about cars. You should compare GT-R to 911 turbo,Audi RS4, Audi R8, they are GTR friend group, luxury sedan like bim 7 , merc S will be up to jaguar XJ, audi A8, are you clear ?
Dec 10th, 2009 10:07pm
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Renegade Renegade
Umm, unless this will be 20000-25000 bucks cheaper then a Lexus, BMW, Merc or Cadillac, it's gonna be a fail.
Dec 10th, 2009 1:29am
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CarFan56 CarFan56
And this is about luxury sedans anyway, and not just one, all of them. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Maybach, etc. vs Infiniti Acura Lexus?? ahaha
Dec 10th, 2009 12:21am
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CarFan56 CarFan56
Where are the GTRs??? I see $140,000 2010 S-Class and BMW 7 Series 2010, Porsche 2010 $120,000 often crusing around. Never have seen 2008, 2009,, 2010 GTR. Where are they??? They have been on sale long enough for them to be all over the roads. NO one cares!
Dec 9th, 2009 9:42pm
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2010S5 2010S5
The fact that you're comparing a GT-R to an S class and 7 series clearly shows you know nothing about cars.
Dec 10th, 2009 1:13am
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Bonganie Bonganie
I think thats a good looking car but I dont think Kia is ready to enter the luxury sports cars market yet and if U buy this thing now the resale value of it in 3 or 4 years time is goin to be atrocious
Dec 9th, 2009 9:30pm
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kattanh3 kattanh3
I wouldn't be a surprised... after all Hyundai changed the way we used to perceive it
Dec 9th, 2009 4:57pm
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jamesmay jamesmay
I would prefer something classy rather than a Korean luxury saloon. Something flashy like a used Arnage, which is magnificent with pedigree. Something that is not from the Eastern world.
Dec 9th, 2009 4:53pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
I really didn't want to bother logging in Mr. May...but I don't think someone in the market for a USED Arnage would even consider buying a quasi-luxury saloon from Kia, and vice-versa. The Kia would be competing with brands more like Volvo, Saab, Buick, Lincoln/Mercury, etc. Also, most classy people I know would rather buy a new Merc rather than a used Arnage...except for a real classic car, buying used is so ghetto...
Dec 10th, 2009 12:51am
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2010S5 2010S5
I don't see anything wrong with the likes of Kia and Hyundai trying to move upmarket elsewhere besides their native country. Hyundai, and therefore Kia, have tremendous potential as demonstrated by many of their recent cars, espeically the Genesis coupe and sedan. Not to mention that they've actually built luxury cars for a while. Doubt them people may but they'll prove themselves in the end.
Dec 9th, 2009 4:02pm
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dmanero dmanero
Carfan56- Oh I don't know about that, The GTR is a beast all on it own. Ok sur it's will not keep up with a Zonda or Lambo SV. But it is up there with the best of them.
Dec 9th, 2009 12:14pm
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CarLife CarLife
front end looks like a Honda Civic with a Hyundai grill
Dec 9th, 2009 11:23am
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
Kias of late are looking good, but it's all style and little substance. Let's hope the drive catches up to the looks. Then they can start thinking of sports sedans.
Dec 9th, 2009 10:42am
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It looks like BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept
Dec 9th, 2009 10:32am
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Asger Asger
Perhaps they're aiming a bit high, but it's nice to see that Kia is working on creating a line-up with a distinctive design language.
Dec 9th, 2009 9:53am
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EhEmGee EhEmGee
I keep waiting for the Koreans to give up a true RWD sports sedan, with a proper 6MT tranny, to give BMW, Audi, and Infiniti a run for their money. Another Korean E-Class Merc copy I do not want.
Dec 9th, 2009 9:47am
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Max_Speed Max_Speed
i think Kia is aiming too high
Dec 9th, 2009 9:30am
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dmanero dmanero
lol a kia supercar, now thats funny. Just give me a minute to control myself. ahh forget it, I can not stop laughing.
Dec 9th, 2009 9:04am
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
Sorry about that, should have been "luxury" instead.
Dec 9th, 2009 5:14pm
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