2013 Kia Quoris

A few years ago, if anyone had said that Kia and Hyundai would end up producing vehicles that would target luxury models from the likes of Audi , BMW , and Mercedes , many people probably would have laughed in their faces. Now, the two companies are chipping away at their cheaper car reputation and we have a series of new spy shots to prove it. The vehicle seen here is the new Kia Quoris (known as the K9 internally), as it takes its turn in Northern Sweden for some winter testing.

Known as the Maserati Quattroporte from Korea (weird), the Kia Quoris will be based on the rear wheel drive platform from the Hyundai Genesis sedan and will take most of its design cues from the recently announced GT Concept , including the concept’s full LED headlights.

The engine line-up will include a series of three petrol engines, plus a diesel for the European market. The entry-level will use a 3.8 liter V6 engine that will deliver about 333 HP, then there will be a 4.6 liter V8 version delivering 385 HP, and the top model will use a 5.0 liter V8 with a powerful 429 HP. The engines will be offered with a choice of an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a new 10-speed automatic transmission that is currently under development could find its way in the K9 as well.

The new Kia Quoris will make its world debut at the end of 2012 as a 2013 model.

UPDATE 04/02/2012: Kia has unveiled a new video featuring Peter Schreyer explaining the design of their new K9 sedan. He shares his thoughts and philosophies about coming up with one perfect design while drawing a brief sketch of Kia’s new flagship sedan, code-named KH. He says his dream, Kia’s dream, and customers’ dream have come true with the KH. Hit the jump for the video!


Kia did its exterior exquisitely. Unfortunately, the interior isn’t.

I wonder as to why this is overlooked when it has this highly classy look because of its exquisite paint job. Apart from that, its performance is even surpassing the mid-level.

What I particularly liked is its front fascia, and that’s about it. All the other features are manifestations of typicality.

I have no idea on what rank is Kia’s popularity at, but I can tell that this K9 is most definitely overlooked. You can’t say that its appearance is plain, despite its lack of pompous features. And you also can’t underestimate its pleasing performance.

I guess this K9 is underrated. Only a few are appreciating its typical classy exterior, or its pleasing performance.

I think you’re belittling this saloon. Don’t you see how elegant its external appearance is? I bet it runs with style!

I like the figure and the color of this car. Its wheels also have a pleasant design.

Its exterior is painted with rich color; it appears luxurious. On its interior, the design is pleasant, but it isn’t as appealing as the external.

While it is important not to change the trademark, Kia should definitely update their styling.

Is this the same sedan from 2010 or not? Also, how is this cheap? I think its exterior is enriched by an elegant paint job. The said engine isn’t something to be underestimated too.

Kia should never lose their trademark appearance. Nevertheless, they should develop new ideas for styling too.

I love its front exterior design. When will they apply a new concept though? No matter how strong its engine may be, buyers would be possibly tire out from the typicality of their style.

The Kia will finally reach its debut by the end of this year. Though they cover the rear and front, it was visibly look gorgeous.

Whoa, I love the wheels. It was very significant. This Kia may possesses both the concept of the earlier versions and the futuristic concepts.

Is anybody changed? Seriously, I don’t like the concept because it is very typical, and it’s unsuitable for the next generation. It doesn’t give an innovative way.

It looks not promising for me. The two headlights on the lower bumper destruct more in this concept. Seriously, I don’t appreciate the new model version made by Kia. Few changes will do.

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