Kia Releases the First Interior Shots and TV Spots for its New K9 Flagship Sedan


With the K9's domestic market launch drawing nearer, Kia has published a new trio of photos as well as the first official television ads for its new full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan.

Two of the new photos provide us our first glimpse at the luxury model's interior including the instrument panel and part of the steering wheel as well as Kia's very BMW-like automatic transmission shifter and parking brake button and infotainment system control knob.

Kia says that the K9 will be equipped with an array of technological and safety features such as a latest generation, full-color heads-up display, full adaptive LED headlamps and a large 12.3-inches LCD screen for the infotainment system.

Furthermore, Kia revealed that the K9 will launch in South Korea this summer with two engine options, a 3.3-liter V6 rated at 296HP (300PS) and a 3.8-liter V6 producing 329HP (334PS).

More details are to be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, head down to watch Kia's four new commercials for the K9.




exige said... »April 16, 2012

Wow the shifter is even a copy of the one in a BMW.....I still dont understand why BMW hasnt sued them you can take a brand serious or a car that is essentially a cheapened copy of someone elses work and design team...

Wonderdallas said... »April 16, 2012

I like Kia but they'd be smart to restyle this car quickly. The last thing they need in Europe or the states is a blatant rip-off of a BMW with an unfortunate name. Let the dog puns commence.

Polyester Poontang said... »April 16, 2012

You're kidding...................right?

Bek said... »April 16, 2012

Looks better than any current BMW sedan today, in my opinion. The side almost looks Maserati-like. I think it looks both luxurious & like a mean performer. Thumb's up.

Nilreps said... »April 16, 2012

wow, this is one nice BMW.

JC said... »April 16, 2012

who needs a design team when you can just copy+paste

DuDE said... »April 16, 2012

HOLY!!!! Those are BMW Dials,HUD,and shifter!I thought they were just ripping BMW of its exterior styling
...and look what they did to its interior?
Kia have taken it a bit too far with the idea of a cheaper BMW

Polyester Poontang said... »April 16, 2012

The consumer will be the final judge.

Teverett335 said... »April 16, 2012

I agree. It looks better than the BMW. They just need to remove those cheap looking side vents on the front fenders. 

kl8.bikerboi bikerboi said... »April 16, 2012

BMW, Lexus, Jaguar....what else..?

911 said... »April 16, 2012

 When I saw the gear lever I was shocked how obvious they copy the BMW. I mean the headlights and the overall shape, OK. But this is pure provocation.

Earl said... »April 16, 2012

Bmw shifter is people biggest complaint!!! I don't hear too many talking about the shifter being used in Dodge/300 twins that looks like they plucked it out of an Audi.

Touch up paint said... »April 16, 2012

Doppelgänger heaven, can't wait for the uk lawyers to have a field day, if this hits our streets.

Feliciano S. Ababon said... »April 16, 2012

Kia is back to be a crap copying car brand. I was really disappointed Kia, you just lost my taste for your brand, IMO.

R1S0 said... »April 16, 2012

when something reminds you of something else,it does not mean it is the same thing...

klowik said... »April 16, 2012

everything looks great except the front grille which is a bit irregular and cursory.

sjwr said... »April 16, 2012

Love how all the domestic fanboys here would never say a negative word about the blatant rip off of the Aston Martin grill by Ford in the 2013 Ford Fusion(and its Jaguar body profile) but are happy to call anything that reminds them of something by a foreign brand dirty plagiarism &copy. This is the problem with the human race... double standards & lack of basic fair ethics.

Alx said... »April 17, 2012

yep, that same consumer knows no difference between polyester and silk...they'll love it believing it's the real thing. 
no, hang on... the consumer who buys this will know it's not the real thing, but will be ok with that - as they don't feel worthy of the real thing to begin with.

JC said... »April 17, 2012

Ford owned Aston Martin's ass from 1994 to 2007, so taking their grill is warranted... Kia on the other hand outright stole the BMW 7 series design without compensation.  Just in case you were wondering, Ford also used to own Jag...  know a bit of history before you start to ramble on about double standard

guest said... »April 17, 2012

you forget that aston is owned by ford, with all following

Oskar said... »April 17, 2012

Very well, that are inspired by styles of the best. Very interesting solution of square LED headlamps

lok geet said... »April 17, 2012

nice blogging

Hantz from MIAMI said... »April 17, 2012

Copy of the GranCoupe 6 series, smh....

Hugh Jorgan said... »April 17, 2012

Mrs. Butterworth stole Mother Natures pancake what!!!!

You all sound like a bunch of school children when the teacher leaves the room.

Imagine if everyone used the ugly things for inspiration.

sjwr said... »April 17, 2012

Does owning another brand(eg. Aston)  mean you can just freely appropriate major design language from a totally different luxury brand with a totally different buyer base, history & design philosophy, & apply it to one of your other cheaper brands without even going through a gradual facelift phase over several years???  How naive & ignorant you are in automotive design :) 
It is very clear to even a car design novice that the 2013 Ford Fusion's new grill & body profile resembles that of the Aston & Jaguar 'a bit too much'(as much as the KIA K9 here could be seen by many as resembling the BMW in some details.)
Problem is that biased fanboys like you who can't control their immature "double standards" keep making up childish claims of plagiarism, but make no serious issue with the heavy resemblance of Aston & Jag found in the 2013 Ford Fusion.
To biased fanboys like you if Ford did it then it would just be seen as an insignificant resemblance, but if some 'foreign' company did the SAME thing & came up with a design that resembled another brand then it would suddenly be regarded as a serious case of plagiarism. This is what's so amusing & pathetic about people like you. If you have time, learn to get over your childish double standard. Poor kid.

duke said... »April 17, 2012

front - BMW grill, side - Maserati, back - BMW + Lexus
shifter - BMW, HUD - BMW, "fake MMI" - AUDI, steering wheel - Mercedes Benz

I like how they do with the New Cee'd, but this is just ugly wrong! 

Toronado_II said... »April 17, 2012

No provocation here... this is a tribute to BMW...

ssss said... »April 17, 2012

This is why Kia will always be... well... Kia. What a shameless rip-off of the actual luxury manufacturers, most notably BMW. Unbelievable.

Mralp1 said... »April 17, 2012

Again I will hold final judgment until I see it in person.   After seeing the videos my thoughts are hats off to Kia for putting together a car that give consumers a competitive alternative to the status quo.  The tech in the car looks great. And outside of Caddy I don't see a more competitive American alternative at this point in this segment.  And if it is well put together then damn it bring it on.   Yes the design does have some close similarities to a couple other luxury brands but again I want to it in person before I write it off as some unworthy copy.. 

bd said... »April 17, 2012

The front looks pretty much like the new Kia cee'd with a slightly different take on the Kia "tiger nose" grill.

People are just being fooled by the grill on the K9 having vertical slats; if it had the interlocking grill treatment as on the new cee'd, they wouldn't be saying that the front looks like BMW.

As for "copying", most automakers have been influenced by Peter Schreyer who is the head of Kia design.

Heck, one can say that the grill on the Fisker Atlantic copied the split grill on the BMW Z8, but next to Schreyer and Ian Callum, Fisker is probably the next most noted current automotive designer.

bd said... »April 17, 2012

And I supposed Mercedes and Audi copied BMW's i-Drive except the system was developed by Harmon/Becker.

duke said... »April 17, 2012

i agree the Fisker's grill looks like BMW, but that was the same designer designed the BMW z8? (I hope I am right, heard that on Top Gear)

I just dont like Kia putting things together... just as the shifter, dont tell me Kia have that idea before BMW!? That is why I think Hyundai done a nice job getting their car looks different, not some copy cat car

JC said... »April 17, 2012

It's simple, VW owns Audi, so VW is going to borrow a lot of design theme from Audi.  Ford owns Jag/Aston/Range, so it's going to leverage some of their design themes into their upcoming model... They probably began developing the 2013 models of the fusion/explorer/mustang long before they had sold off Jag/Aston/Range...  All that is fine b/c they got what they PAID for.
Hyundai/Kia does not own BMW or any other brands.  understand? so if they steal design themes from brands like BMW, that's intellectual THEFT.  You don't seem to understand the difference between right and wrong, so let me educate you that theft on any level is crime and immoral.  Kia/Hyundai stole the design right down to the signature BMW gauges and shifter.  If you deny that is theft, then you are naive and I will cease to argue with you.  I never once denied that the new Ford concepts did not look like Aston, but like I said Ford is not stealing.  FInally, don't rush to judgement that anyone's a fan boy here on Carscoop.  We all like cars and their designs and performance.  Just because I don't agree with your viewpoint does not make me a Ford Fan Boy.  P.S. on the side note Hyundai today should not be considered a foreign car maker as they assemble most of their vehicles in North America.  Be educated, do some research before posting next time.

Idaho_bzh said... »April 19, 2012

If you really think about it, a sedan is a sedan! and this one is just perfect, i'd say it is even better looking than a BMW, it has a style and force that the BMW 7 lacks, the headlights particularly! I bet it will outsell the BMW and other likes by far! great job Hyundai!

Ajamayl said... »April 21, 2012

Hello everyone. I'm jtz and I'm back. You want copying. Lets get some copying. Ain't no one going to say how the Lacross's back end ripped off BMW. Ain't no one going to say how Pontiac's signature grille ripped off bMW. Ain't no one going to say how the Acura zDX's side profile ripped off the Mazda 6's. Ain't no one going to say how the Mazda CX'5's greenhouse ripped off the Imprza Hatch and Infinti EX. Ain't no one going to say how the Jaguar xf, Volvo S60 and Buick Regal have the same greenhouse. Aint no one going to say those things just pretend they are original. Don't believe me Google it yourself. Oh yeah Chrysler's new logo copie d Kia's signature grille from the 2007 Kia Keep concept.

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