Kia K9 sedan to debut at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September


According to The Age, the new Kia sedan code-named K9 will emerge at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. From the shape of the mask and the protruding nose, the Kia K9 sedan resembles the BMW 5 Series.

The new sedan will be slotted between the Hyundai Genesis Sedan and Equus. The Kia K9 is designed by Peter Schreyer who used to work for Volkswagen and Audi. He said that the rear-wheel-drive layout is the most exciting part about the Kia K9, but that he couldn’t speak more due to it’s in development stage.

“I think when you can work with the rear-wheel drive proportion it is always good for the designer,” he said. “For a big sedan it is the better proportion; fantastic proportion of course.”

From the spy photos, we see that the Kia K9 is a big sedan with cat-eye headlights that are similar to the Jaguar sedan and a prominent nose of a Maserati. Noticeably are the vent slits on the front fenders of the car that are found in both Maserati and Jaguar cars.

Powertrains in the Kia K9 should be similar to what is found in the Genesis sedan, which is currently available with a V6 and V8 engines. In addition, there may also be a new 4.0-liter V8 engine rated at about 400 horsepower available as well.  The engine is expected to mate with Hyundai’s new 8-speed transmission.

Currently, the Kia K9 have been running around in South Korea for testing, and we expect that a production model may be just a few months away. The U.S. market will likely see the Kia K9 in the second quarter of 2011.