Back in August, we share the very first spy pictures of Kia K9 (known as K900 in the overseas markets) flagship luxury sedan facelift prototype, and today we have new pictures of the K9 which is set to receive its mid-cycle facelift. Despite was launched 2 years ago, the picture showed a K9 under camouflage caught in a street in South Korea. Now our colleagues at AutoPost caught it near the Hyundai-Kia R&D Center.
The second generation K9 (codenamed as RJ) is already available with two V6 gasoline engines, 3.3 Turbo GDi and 3.8 GDi with 370 and 315 hp respectively. It is also still available with the 5.0 V8 Tau gasoline engine, that delivers 425 hp (depending on the market). The second gen Kia K900 have suffered low sales around the world. During 2019 only 240 K900 were sold in the US-market.
As these are the very first spy pictures of the Kia K900 facelift, we cannot say to much about what changes will have, if will have the same treatment as Hyundai did with the Santa Fe or Grandeur or instead that will receive a mild facelift like the Stinger. Kia could take advantage of this facelift and include the 3rd gen platform and include Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants.
We can appreciate that the taillights are new in this K9 facelift
It is pretty difficult to see what’s under the heavy camouflage, but apparently there are no changes in the front bumper (we can see the same grille or headlights), and we don’t have any picture of the rear.
The Kia K900 facelift should receive latest safety pack, as well as new IT system and latest technologies we already have seen in models like G80. It is still unknown if will receive any engine updates.
Kia recently launched the 2021 K9 trim in South Korea, with several updates and a higher quality interior, while in the United States only a 3.3 Twin Turbo and single trim are available. higher quality interior.