Kia has given its flagship K9 sedan a name for the export market – it’ll be known as the Quoris globally. The rear-wheel drive offering, which began selling in Korea in May, will make its way into overseas markets from the fourth quarter of this year.
According to the company, the name is derived from the English words ‘core’ and ‘quality,’ and is supposed to convey solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus.
The 5.09 metre-long vehicle is powered by a normally-aspirated 290 PS Lambda V6 3.8 litre MPI engine, with a 334 PS 3.8 litre GDI engine set to join the party in 2013. The mill is mated to a new Kia eight-speed automatic transmission, which features shift-by-wire (SBW) technology.
Like the domestic version, the Quoris will wear an array of high-tech driving assistance and active safety features. There’s a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), a radar-based Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with lane change assistance as well as Around-View Monitor (AVM) with four cameras.
Also on, an Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which adjusts speed in order to maintain a pre-determined safe distance from the vehicle ahead, up to a range of 174 metres. It’s integrated to the Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM), which runs the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), seatbelt mechanisms and multiple warning systems.
Comfort kit will include a 12.3-inch full-size Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD cluster, a head-up display, two 9.2-inch monitors for rear seat occupants as well as a 17-channel, 17-speaker Lexicon sound system.