Kia’s New Flagship – Rear-wheel Drive KH sedan Due In 1H of 2012POSTED BY admin ON 13 February 2012
“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.
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.