Geneva preview: New Kia K9

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Mar 1, 2012
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Geneva preview: Kia's all-new K9 flagship sedan

Kia has finally revealed its all-new flagship sedan it calls the K9, just three months after an executive from the Korean carmaker revealed it is developing the car.

The K9 is Kia's first rear-wheel drive sedan and is regarded as one of 2012's most eagerly anticipated all-new models from the carmaker not just in Korea but in other markets as well.

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The K9's exterior is faithful to the sketches Kia released in February and it continues the brand's evolving design language by carrying its now-familiar 'tiger-nose' radiator grille. Viewed from the front, the K9 presents an imposing image with its bold LED headlamps and voluminous hood.

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Geneva preview: Kia's all-new K9 flagship sedan

The sophisticated and bold profile continues to the rear with its simple but strong character line, and the innovative and stable rear view with its high-tech LED combination lamps, luxurious chrome garnish and bumper-integrated muffler.

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Although the K9 was designed to go up against the best European midsize executive cars like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Kia has no plans to bring the car to Europe. Instead, the carmaker will bring it to other markets later this year.

"The K9 is our first rear-wheel drive sedan, created without compromise in its design, driving performance and new technologies," said Soon-Nam Lee, Kia director for overseas marketing. "K9 sets a whole new level of standards and values in the large sedan segment, and its design will be another Kia demonstration of our brand’s power to surprise."

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