|Also called||Kia K900 (United States and Canada) |
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car (F)|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive (2018–present)
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 luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia, 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, it was sold in South Korea, the Middle East, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Russia, the United States, and Canada. There are plans to release it in China, although Kia will not use the Quoris nameplate after it lost a legal battle. The K900 was discontinued in Canada by 2018, and the United States in January 2021.
The second generation K9 was launched in 2018.
First generation (KH; 2012)
|First generation (KH)|
|Assembly||Gwangmyeong, South Korea|
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
|Designer||Peter Schreyer (2009)|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||Hyundai BH-L (KH-L)|
|Wheelbase||3,045 mm (119.9 in)|
|Length||5,090 mm (200.4 in) (pre-facelift)|
5,095 mm (200.6 in) (facelift)
|Width||1,900 mm (74.8 in)|
|Height||1,485–1,490 mm (58.5–58.7 in)|
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. The K9's development code was KH.
The K9 is slightly shorter than the Equus, and has a longer wheelbase than the Hyundai Genesis 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) 3.3 L (3,342 cc) V6 and a 334 PS (246 kW; 329 bhp) 3.8 L (3,778 cc) GDI (Gasoline Direction-Injection) V6, 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.
The K900 in the US uses a 426 PS (313 kW; 420 bhp) 5.0-litre (5,038 cc) GDI V8, producing 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque. 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.
|3.3 Lambda II GDi||2012–2018||8-speed automatic||300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||35.5 kg⋅m (348 N⋅m; 257 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm||240 km/h (149 mph)|
|3.8 Lambda II MPi||2013–2018||290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) @ 6,200 rpm||36.5 kg⋅m (358 N⋅m; 264 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm||7.3s|
|3.8 Lambda II GDi||2012–2018||334 PS (246 kW; 329 hp) @ 6,400 rpm||40.3 kg⋅m (395 N⋅m; 291 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,100 rpm||6.8s|
|2015–2018||315 PS (232 kW; 311 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||40.5 kg⋅m (397 N⋅m; 293 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm|
|5.0 Tau GDi||2014–2018||425 PS (313 kW; 419 hp) @ 6,400 rpm
430 PS (316 kW; 424 hp) @ 6,400 rpm
|52 kg⋅m (510 N⋅m; 376 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm||5.7s|
Second generation (RJ; 2018)
|Second generation (RJ)|
|Also called||Kia K900 (United States, most markets)|
|Assembly||Gwangmyeong, South Korea|
Karim Habib (2021 facelift)
|Body and chassis|
|Wheelbase||3,105 mm (122.2 in)|
|Length||5,120 mm (201.6 in) (pre-facelift)|
5,140 mm (202.4 in) (facelift)
|Width||1,915 mm (75.4 in)|
|Height||1,490–1,505 mm (58.7–59.3 in)|
|Curb weight||1,915–2,166 kg (4,222–4,775 lb)|
Kia debuted the all new K9/K900 (still sold as the Quoris in a few markets) at the March 2018 New York International 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 retains the same 8-speed transmission, as well as the same three engine choices. The interior features higher quality leather and wood trim, as well as an analog clock developed by Maurice Lacroix. Kia also introduced an AWD model in South Korea for the second generation.
The exterior images of the newer facelift version were released on 17 May 2021. Compared to the pre-facelift model, it got a wider grille with chrome V logos, a full-width rear lamp, and a repositioned number plate. This version also got a tweaked interior, such as a larger 14.5-inch infotainment display and fingerprint authentication system.
|3.3L Lambda II GDi||2018–present||8-speed automatic||249 PS (183 kW; 246 hp) @ 6,000 rpm
253 PS (186 kW; 250 hp) @ 6,000 rpm
|35.4 kg⋅m (347 N⋅m; 256 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm||8.0s (RWD)
|240 km/h (149 mph)|
|3.3L Lambda II T-GDi||2018–present||370 PS (272 kW; 365 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||52 kg⋅m (510 N⋅m; 376 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,300–4,500 rpm|
|3.8L Lambda II GDi||315 PS (232 kW; 311 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||40.5 kg⋅m (397 N⋅m; 293 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm|
|5.0L Tau GDi||2018–2021||425 PS (313 kW; 419 hp) @ 6,000 rpm||53.0 kg⋅m (520 N⋅m; 383 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm||5.7s (AWD)|
Marketing and sales
To promote the K900, Kia Motors released their Super Bowl XLVIII commercial, featuring Laurence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from The Matrix series. In October 2014, basketball player LeBron James was named Kia's K900 luxury ambassador.
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.
The K900 was discontinued in 2018 in Canada, and in 2021 in the United States. Kia cited the market transition from large cars to crossovers and SUVs. Only 305 units of the K900 were sold in the US in 2020.
|Calendar year||South Korea||United States||Canada|
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- Official website (International)