In spite of its name, and judging by what we know of its underpinnings, the Kia K9 surely won’t be a dog to drive – in fact the opposite would almost certainly ring true.
What you see here is a heavily updated version of Kia’s flagship sedan, revealed in Korea on Monday, and it is unlikely to make its way to many global markets, particularly not South Africa where large luxury saloons without premium badges are completely extinct. Interestingly this saloon’s predecessor was sold in the United States, albeit with a different name (K900) for very obvious reasons, but Kia has also given up trying to sell its grand saloon in that market.
Although Kia has released images of the new K9’s exterior, the carmaker hasn’t elaborated on what’s beneath the skin. However, we do know that the Kia K9 shares most of its oily bits with Hyundai’s Genesis G90 flagship sedan. The latter, in its standard wheelbase format, is close in size to the BMW 7 Series LWB, so we’re talking about a huge chunk of metal here.
The previous K9 was offered with Hyundai’s 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, and Car and Driver reports that the new one will carry that over while also offering a normally aspirated V6 as well as a 5-litre V8 petrol unit. Judging by the G90’s spec sheet, the 3.3T V6 is likely to offer around 270 kW while the 5.0 V8 should be good for 313 kW.
“The New K9 is an important model that shows the direction of Kia,” the Korean carmaker said in a statement.
“It is expected that the new K9, which will be released in the future, will deliver a differentiated premium that inspires customers with new design as well as excellent product quality”.