Kia announces range-topping Quoris luxury sedan

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Kia Motors has been on a roll recently with its critically acclaimed model lineup, which often bears impressive exterior designs and interior styling. Though the Korean automaker builds relatively affordable transportation, Kia recently announced a new global luxury car that will soon become its range-topping flagship.

Kia's new luxury car has been named Quoris in non-domestic markets, and K9 in its domestic market of South Korea where it went on sale this past May.

"The word 'Quoris' conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus," said Thomas Oh, Kia's Executive Vice President & COO of the International Business Division. "Our decision to give this striking new sedan an unconventional name means it will stand out even further from the established crowd, driving Kia sales in what is a new segment of the global automotive market for Kia."

With a name derived from the English words "core" and "quality", the Quoris boasts a hoard of high-tech features.

So far Kia hasn't divulged any powertrain information, but the car is likely to feature the same engine and transmission lineup as offering in the Korean K9. This means a choice of a 296-horsepower 3.3-litre V6 or a 329-horsepower 3.8-litre V6. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and like the K9, the Quoris is driven by the rear wheels.

The new Quoris also features Kia's first radar-based Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) system that monitors the road ahead up to a range of 174 meters. When ASCC is activated, the driver can adjust the distance of the Quoris from the vehicle ahead by 52, 40, 32 or 25 meters using a button on the steering wheel. In addition to its variable distance adaptive cruise control, the Quoris can also come to a complete stop on its own if necessary and will automatically move forward when the stopping duration is less than three seconds. Otherwise, the driver has to move the Quoris forward by pressing the accelerator pedal.

Other high-tech features include a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), a Head Up Display (HUD), and a Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system.

Look for more detailed information closer to the Quoris' launch.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Luxury Sedan, Kia, 2013, Quoris,

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