Full-size Luxury Sedan Due Later This Year
It looks like the new range-topper for the Kia brand will be taking some cues from Volkswagen—at least in terms of its name: Called the K9 in South Korea, it will be known as the Kia Quoris for U.S. and other global customers, with a moniker that would fit right in among VW’s Touareg, Routan and Tiguan. Of course, Thomas Oh, executive vice president and COO of Kia’s International Business Division, has a slightly different explanation: "Derived from the English words 'core' and 'quality,' the name of our new flagship sedan hints at the attributes at the very heart of the vehicle,” he said. “The word 'Quoris' conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus.
"Our decision to give this striking new sedan an unconventional name means it will stand out even further from the established crowd, driving Kia sales in what is a new segment of the global automotive market for Kia."
That may, in fact, be the case, but the Quoris is more likely to stand out thanks to its premium take on Kia’s dynamic design language and an interesting choice of powertrains. Although a number of sources indicate American buyers will eventually be able to enjoy V8 power in the Quoris, it will launch here (and elsewhere) with a selection of V6 engines. The starting point is expected to displace 3.8 liters and make roughly 285 hp and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, while the enthusiast’s choice—initially—will be a similar-sized engine that adds gasoline direct injection as well as about 45 more hp and 40 more lb.-ft. of torque.
In each case, the powerplant is mated to Kia’s first eight-speed automatic transmission.
Also distinguishing the Quoris from many potential rivals will be its rear-wheel-drive configuration and long list of advanced safety features, including those detailed below.
In a Volvo-esque turn of events, Kia is putting a very strong emphasis on safety systems in the 2013 Quoris, which will offer:
Pricing is not yet available for the 2013 Kia Quoris, but it should undercut the more typical choices among full-size luxury sedans, as well as its platform-mate the Hyundai Equus, and show an MSRP of right around $55,000.