Kia’s New Flagship – Rear-wheel Drive KH sedan Due In 1H of 2012

POSTED BY admin ON 13 February 2012

Kia Motors’ new flagship sedan – codenamed KH, official sketches revealed on Feb 13 – is expected to make its official debut in Kia’s home market of South Korea sometime within the 1H of the year.

“Our all-new flagship sedan integrates all of our key capabilities such as design, performance, high-tech features and infotainment into one striking model,” said Kia’s overseas marketing group director Soon-Nam Lee.

According to Kia, the design concept behind KH – ’distinctive, modern and classic’ – is expressed through sophisticated and technically-advanced elements combining with Kia’s existing dynamic design language to create a vehicle that stands out from its competitors.

The company’s first ever rear-wheel drive sedan features a bold front-end design, family-look radiator grille flanked by modern headlamps that reinforce the brand’s image, and proportions of the hood’s design gives KH a classic car-like feel.

The key focus is said to be its simple side character line to give a feeling of spaciousness while emphasizing the new model’s bold and dynamic image with high-tech rear combination lamp clusters, adding a bold chrome accent to give KH a sophisticated and stable rear view.

“Although launch timings for overseas markets are yet to be confirmed, this all-new rear-wheel drive large sedan will definitely become the leading model of our line-up around the world, showcasing the best of the best of Kia,” said Soon.

Kia's current flagship - the Cadenza

Presently, Kia’s flagship sedan is the 3.5-liter Lambda II V6 Cadenza. Measuring 4965 mm long, the front-wheel drive Cadenza slightly shorter than its Korean cousin rear-wheel drive 4985 mm long cousin the Hyundai Genesis. The Cadenza is a recent debut, launched only in Korea in as recent as November 2009 so it is highly unlikely for the HF to be a successor for the Cadenza.

Hyundai’s flagship sedan is the Tau 4.8-liter V8 rear-wheel drive Equus / Centennial, measuring 5,160 mm long.

We will see if Kia is indeed matching Hyundai’s flagship offering with a similar class model.


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