Kia K9

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Kia Quoris/K900/K9
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Overview
ManufacturerKia Motors
Production2012–present
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (E)
Body style4-door sedan

The Kia K9, marketed as the Kia K900 in the United States and Canada and as the Kia Quoris in other export markets, is a full-size[1][2] luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors, now in its second generation.

The K9 was launched in South Korea in May 2012, with export sales beginning in late 2012. As of June 2013, the car is available in South Korea, the Middle East, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Russia,[3] the United States, and Canada. There are plans to release it in China; though, Kia will not use the Quoris name after a lost legal battle.[4]

The second generation Quoris was launched in 2018.

First generation (2013-2018)[edit]

Kia K9 (KH)
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Kia Quoris
Overview
Also called
  • Kia K900 (United States and Canada)
  • Kia Quoris (other export markets)
Production2012–2018
Model years2013–2018
AssemblyGwangmyeong, South Korea
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
DesignerPeter Schreyer (2009)
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai BH-L (VI)
RelatedHyundai Equus
Hyundai Genesis
Genesis G90
Genesis G80
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission8-Speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,045 mm (119.9 in)[5]
Length5,095 mm (200.6 in)
Width1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Height1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,870 kg (4,120 lb) (3.3)
  • 1,910 kg (4,210 lb) (3.8)
Kia K9 (South Korea)

The K9 is a derivative of the Hyundai Equus and Genesis, with which it shares the BH-L (VI) platform. It is the first rear-wheel-drive sedan Kia offered in the United States.[6] The K9's development code was KH.

The K9 is slightly shorter than the Equus, and has a longer wheelbase with shorter front overhang dimensions. The Quoris features Kia's "Tiger nose" grill as well as blind spot detection, head-up display and an adaptive front lighting system.

Launch engines in Korea include a 300 PS (221 kW; 296 bhp) 3.3L (3342cc) V6 and a 334 PS (246 kW; 329 bhp) 3.8L (3778cc) GDI (Gasoline Direction-Injection) V6,[7] coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Quoris debuted in Russia in 2013 with a 294 PS (216 kW; 290 bhp) 3.8L V6.[8]

The K900 in the US uses a 426 PS (313 kW; 420 bhp) 5.0L (5038cc) GDI V8, producing 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque.[9] In Canada, the K900 can be fitted with either a 315 PS (232 kW; 311 bhp) 3.8L GDI V6, producing 293 lb⋅ft (397 N⋅m) of torque or the same 5.0L GDI V8 as the US market.

Second generation (2019–present)[edit]

Kia K9 (RJ)
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Overview
Also called
  • Kia K900 (United States, Canada and most markets)
  • Kia Quoris (few markets)
Production2018–present
Model years2019–present
AssemblyGwangmyeong, South Korea
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedGenesis G90/EQ900
Genesis G80
Kia Stinger
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission8-Speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,105 mm (122.2 in)[10]
Length5,120 mm (202 in)
Width1,915 mm (75.4 in)
Height1,490 mm (59 in)
2019 Kia K9 RJ Rear Side
Interior of a Korean market K9 RJ.

Kia debuted the all new K9/K900 (still sold as the Quoris in a few markets) at the March 2018 New York Auto Show. The new generation is longer and wider than the outgoing model, and has a wheelbase stretched by about 2.3 inches (60 mm). It is expected to retain the same 8-speed transmission, as well as the same three engine choices.[11] The interior will feature higher quality leather and wood trim, as well as an analog clock developed by Maurice Lacroix.[12] Kia also introduced an AWD model in South Korea for the second generation.

Marketing and sales[edit]

To promote the K900, Kia Motors released their Super Bowl XLVIII commercial, featuring Laurence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from The Matrix series.[13] On October 2014, basketball player LeBron James was named Kia's K900 luxury ambassador.[14]

The Kia K900 sold over 200 units per month from April to June in the U.S. market its launch year. Sales dropped to roughly 100-130 units in July and August 2014, and then to 56 in September and up to 62 October.[15]

Calendar year United States[16] Canada[16]
2014 1,330 23
2015 2,524 36
2016 834 26
2017 455 7
2018 131 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 Kia K900". www.fueleconomy.gov. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  2. ^ Stoy, Andrew (2018-04-25). "2019 Kia K900 first drive: Try, try again". Autoweek. Archived from the original on 2018-04-29.
  3. ^ "Edmunds Inside Line". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. ^ Carscoop Carscoop. "Legal battle over Quoris name". Carscoops. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. ^ Kia K9 specifications
  6. ^ "Kia reveals all-new 'K9' flagship sedan for Korean market". Kia Motors. 28 February 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  7. ^ Kia SOuth Korea website
  8. ^ "Sales of Kia Quoris Sedans to Kick off in March". Wroom.ru. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  9. ^ "The Top-of-the-Range Kia K900". AutoTrends. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "NO SURRENDER: THERE'S A NEW KIA K900 COMING TO THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW". Autoweek. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  12. ^ Geiger, Jennifer (2018-03-22). "2019 Kia K900: Can New Luxury, Style Lure Buyers to Flagging Flagship?". Cars.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  13. ^ Estrada, Zac (2014-01-28). "Kia's The Matrix Super Bowl Ad Sells A K900 With Morpheus And Two Keys". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  14. ^ "Basketball global superstar LeBron James is Kia's luxury ambassador". Top Gear Philippines. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  15. ^ Lopez, Jose Antonio (2014-11-17). "Kia K900 Not Working in the United States". The Korean Car Blog. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  16. ^ a b "Kia K900 Sales Figures". Good Car Bad Car. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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