With Kia?s sibling partner, Hyundai, making impressive moves up the luxury ladder with models like the rear-drive Genesis and high level luxury Equus, Kia has an easily available foundation for such an expansion.
Kia has such a model ready to debut in the Korean market, but final details of the K9 concept are unavailable at this time. ?Speculation has it sharing the underpinnings and drivetrain elements used in the Genesis and Equus, including the 5.0-liter direct-injection V-8 used in those two models.
With former the former Audi chief designer, Peter Schreyer, now serving a Kia design director, the new cars have a distinctive European flavor.? The K9 has the look of the popular and beautiful four-door coupes now offered by nearly every premium brand.
The K9 debuts in Korean in the last half of 2012, but the timing for a U.S. release is unknown.