Kia Unveils the New K9 Sedan with Redesigned Exterior
With the increasing popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles and crossovers, carmakers are being forced to retire their sedans mainly in the developed markets. Kia Motors announced that the K900 and Cadenza would not return for MY2021 in the United States due to low sales numbers earlier this year. The Cadenza, also known as K8, is available globally with a new-gen while the K900 lives on through a mid-life update. Despite being a mid-cycle makeover, the alterations to the exterior are fairly significant. In the South Korean market, the flagship sedan is sold as the K9 and the facelift has its images released officially giving us all the details about the redesigned exterior.
New K9 Sedan: Updated Design
Kia Corporation on 17th May unveiled the exterior design of the 2021 K9 Sedan with a new face design and brand’s new emblem in hopes to steal the attention away from its bigger sister Hyundai Motor Company’s best-selling large sedan Grandeur on the home turf. It is the first facelift model of the 2nd generation K9 launched in April 2018, and the makeover includes a larger V-shaped chrome-patterned radiator grille that gives a luxury appeal. The sleeker headlamps seem to have been inspired by Volvos with integrated LED DRLs. The updated front bumper possesses a wide lower intake covering the full width and air intakes can be seen on its edges.
The design updates do give a cleaner overall look to the full-sized sedan and the rear features a full-width LED taillight setup adding additional modernity and the license plate is repositioned to the bumper. Dual exhaust pipes with chrome tips give a sporty appearance to the new sedan while chromed window line, nineteen-inch wheels, new corporate badge, and shark fin antenna are other notable features.
The official debut will be hosted in the coming months and the 4X badge at the trunk lid indicates a possible top-spec all-wheel-drive variant. The outgoing model comprises a 3.3L T-GDi V6 developing 370 PS and 510 Nm, a 3.8 naturally-aspirated V6 with 315 PS and 397 Nm, and a 5.0L V8 with 425 PS and 520 Nm. The engines are linked with 8-speed automatic transmission (AT) sending power to only the rear wheels or all four wheels.