Combining elegant simplicity with balanced proportions, plus a host of advanced features and new technologies, Kia’s all-new luxury flagship sedan Quoris went on sale in Korea on May 2. It tops Kia’s global model range and is a true landmark vehicle for the company.
With V6 power and an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire technology, Kia’s first modern rear-wheel drive vehicle will drive the Kia brand into what is an entirely new segment of the global market for the company.
Exploring proportions that define luxury
Styling for a rear-wheel drive platform has provided Kia’s design team with a fresh opportunity to explore proportions that define luxury.
As a large 5.1-meter long (16.7 ft) rear-wheel drive vehicle, Quoris boasts a long 3,045 mm (9.99 ft) wheelbase which gives a generous first impression. As the engine is mounted further back, the A-pillar is also moved back to create a longer hood and an impressive short front overhang. Consequently, the distance between the center of the front wheel and the A-pillar – the so called “prestige distance” – is increased.
Thanks to this long prestige distance and high shoulder line the glass house sits further back and the sheet metal-to-glass ratio is significantly increased. While the long prestige distance gives occupants a feeling of dignity, the high shoulder line provides sense of privacy. Distinctive window graphics [accentuated by a chrome inlay] give the flagship sedan a premium feel as well.
Quoris’ overall width and height are 1,900 mm and 1,490 mm (6.2 ft, 4.9 ft) respectively, which create a spacious cabin environment, while close attention to exterior detailing has resulted in an efficiently streamlined shape with a highly competitive 0.27 Cd.
V6 power and eight-speed transmission
Kia’s new flagship sedan will be available in overseas markets powered by an upgraded 290 ps Lambda V6 3.8-liter MPI engine, with a 334 ps 3.8-liter GDI engine joining the global line-up of power trains next year.
Kia’s engineers boosted the naturally aspirated Lambda V6’s power output, raised its efficiency and enhanced its refinement – making it well-suited to power the brand’s all-new flagship model.
Every Quoris comes with Kia’s all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The wide spread of ratios made possible with eight gears guarantees both brisk acceleration and high-speed refinement, while shift-by-wire [SBW] technology delivers fast, smooth gear changes.
Rear-wheel drive characteristics
“With the Kia Quoris we have achieved a near-perfect front/rear weight distribution, which has created a strong foundation for excellent balance and steering response, and a sophisticated blend of ride and handling qualities,’ comments Chang-Ky Kang, Senior Vice President of Namyang R&D Chassis Technology Center.
Together with the ultra-stiff body shell made with 74.3 percent high-strength steel, Quoris’ electronically controlled air suspension with five-link front and rear geometry gives the flagship first-class ride and handling characteristics. Four driving modes [Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow] enable the driver to choose a preferred set-up of suspension, steering, engine and transmission characteristics that is ideal for various road conditions or driving styles.
“’Quoris’ excellent balance delivers a host of driver benefits including improved traction and road holding, enhanced braking stability and faster turn-in. Adopting rear-wheel drive also enabled us to create a new purity of steering response and feel,” concludes Kang.
High-tech luxury features new to Kia
When it goes on sale in overseas markets, Quoris will premiere a range of high-tech luxury features new to Kia. Premium comfort features will include a 12.3-inch full size Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD cluster, a HUD (head-up display), twin 9.2-inch monitors for rear seat occupants, a 17-channel, 17-speaker Lexicon sound system and an Around-View Monitor (AVM) with four cameras.
The infotainment system available for Quoris is powered by the Intel Atom processor – making its first appearance in a Kia and jointly developed by the two companies. The touchscreen on the dashboard allows the driver to take advantage of state-of-the-art functions and services, while the backseat display supports a wide variety of video formats to entertain passengers.
A special ‘VIP’ option will offer twin head and ventilated rear seats with a reclining backrest, sliding cushion and lower leg support for the ‘nearside’ seat, together with a front passenger seat that slides forward when unoccupied, to offer exceptional space and comfort.
Innovative ‘active’ and ‘passive’ safety systems
All occupants of Quoris will benefit from a range of advanced range of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ safety technologies dedicated to providing them with maximized protection.
Depending on trim level, available active safety features will include an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) with a forward-facing video camera, two radar-based safety systems, Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM)
ASCC adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain the distance from the vehicle ahead – even bringing the Quoris to a complete stop if necessary. AVSM provides highly sophisticated integrated control of various systems if a potential collision is detected.
For improved safety at night, the AFLS works in conjunction with the Quoris’ full LED headlights –reacting to vehicle speed and steering angle, to deliver the most appropriate light pattern.
To alleviate the risk of bodily harm in the event of an accident, Quoris is fitted with a total of nine airbags – including dual front, twin front seat side and full-length curtain airbags, plus twin rear seat side airbags and a driver’s knee air bag. Kia’s engineers are confident that Quoris will achieve a ‘top score’ safety rating in official crash safety tests around the world.
A true flagship for the Kia range
Kia believes that Quoris will be a game-changer in terms of raising awareness and elevating consumers’ perception of the brand. Whatever expectations you may have, Quoris is set to exceed far beyond your imagination as the ultimate luxury flagship.
Check out our previous postings starting from the birth of Kia Quoris:
Kia Quoris had its first international premiere from September 5th to 6th, at the Shangri-La in Oman. Below are the scenes from the event and you can check out more images at our Flickr Gallery. Enjoy!
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Car manufacturers often boast that vehicles can handle all sorts of driving conditions. These circumstances may range from strange weather, crazy terrain, bumpy roads, and even certain types of collisions. Have you ever wondered how the people who put your car together know precisely what it will stand up to? Did they drive it through a multitude of possible road and environmental conditions at some secret Area 51 like testing facility to make sure?
The short answer is yes, we did. Today on Kia-Buzz we’re going to introduce some of our most notable ‘proving grounds,’ which is the term for the special tracks where Kia puts its cars to the test against extreme and unpredictable conditions at different speeds with all-kinds of passenger loads.
The Proving Grounds
Our proving grounds put vehicles through an exhausting array of tests at various speeds and under diverse road conditions. Our testing grounds cover an area of 4,940 acres (~20 million square meters) and are located in South Korea at our Namyang R&D Center and Kia’s Hwasung plant. In addition, our most sprawling 4,329 acres (17.52 million square meters) testing area is located in California’s Mohave Desert.
Hwasung & Namyang Proving Grounds
Our Hwasung proving ground, which is adjacent to our factory that currently produces the Cerato (Forte), Optima, Sorento, Borrego (Mohave) and Cadenza was completed in 1993 and features 16 test drive tracks.
Satellite shot of our Hwasung, South Korea proving ground
Opened in 1995, the proving ground at our Namyang R&D Center is of international standards and features no less than 34 roads including a Belgian road, and a high-speed track that is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) long. In all, the site features a total road length of 43.5 miles (70 km).
Aerial shot of Kia’s Namyang R&D center’s proving ground
California Proving Ground
The Hyundai-Kia Motors California Proving Ground site is located 100 miles north of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. Construction began in February 2004 and was largely completed by October 2004.
The California proving ground boasts an impressive total road length of 72 miles (116 km) and top speed of 155 miles/hour (250 km/h). Constructed with a total investment of US$60 million, the test site is approximately 10 times the size of the proving ground at Namyang R&D Center and is the third largest in the US operated by a foreign automaker. Eight test roads combine to form a total length of 72 miles (116 km). The longest track is the 6.4 mile (10.4 km) oval, a three-lane high speed track which allows a top speed of up to 155 miles/hour (250 km/h).
The facility supports high-speed and endurance tests, and also include a 2 million square foot Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA); 2.75-mile winding track; 3.3-mile hill road; and various special surface roads constructed to duplicate U.S. highways. The proving ground also includes a 30,000 square-foot office complex for its 50+ staff members.
Our massive 4,300-acre, $60-million California proving ground that looks kind of ‘Area 51-ish’
To put the California proving ground’s size into perspective here’s an approximation of how much of New York’s Central Park and surrounding city blocks can fit inside of it.
Kia Proving Grounds by the Numbers
MetricNamyangHwasungCaliforniaTotal length43.5 miles12.4 miles72 milesTypes of test tracks34168Types of roads713618High-speed circuit
- Top speed2.8 miles2.5 miles6.4 miles155 mph155 mph155 mphTotal area408 acres203 acres4329 acres
Types of Proving Ground Tests
Our cars are truly born after withstanding some of the most rigorous road tests:
This universal and all around test road it is used to conduct a diverse range of automotive performance tests and comparative trial runs with rival cars.
True to its name, this track tests vehicle performance when drivers put the pedal to the metal and for those situations that call for the need for speed.
Many European countries like Belgium have very old roads. Due to their uneven, cobble-stoned surfaces, the roads deliver shock levels to cars that are approximately 100 times greater than regular roads. Accordingly, the Belgian road offers a chance to test the strength and durability of new cars and its parts within a short period of time.
Low friction road
When sprinklers shower water on road surfaces made of materials like epoxy, the friction coefficient of the road becomes equivalent to that of roads covered by rain, snow or ice. This enables tests for driving and braking performance on icy roads regardless of actual weather conditions.
Man-made dust is used to recreate road conditions which generate large amounts of dust. It tests the driver’s visibility and seal quality of the car body and parts.
Various condition roads
Diverse road conditions that can be found all over the world are recreated to ensure the same levels of ride comfort and noise levels regardless of the location. Recreated roads include pebbly roads, cracked surface roads, Seongbuk-dong road (Seoul), wavy roads, European asphalt road, long wave pitch road and the West Coast Highway.
Additional tests include:
Kia’s Wind Tunnel at the Namyang R&D Center
Proving grounds take the guess work out of how cars will hold up and help to make sure that no manufacturing defects or design miscalculations will cause it to be unsafe or behave in unpredictable ways. We hope this post has shed some light on piece of automotive world many don’t often hear about, and rest assured that you can trust proven and tested cars will keep you and your passenger’s safe.
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Do you have a particular Kia model that you would like to put to the test at one our proving grounds? If so, which model and what kind tests would like to run? Leave your answers in the comments section below.
Completely redesigned compact sedan will be longer, lower and wider
Kia will introduce the next generation Cerato compact sedan later this year in its home market of Korea under a new name – ‘K3’ (domestic market only). Also known as Forte in some countries, the Cerato was Kia’s global best-seller in 2011 with more than 445,000 units delivered.
While creating the latest model Kia’s designers and engineers focused on giving the all-new Cerato futuristic and dynamic styling, with a more spacious cabin.
After going on sale in Korea, the all-new Cerato sedan will appear at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets during the first quarter of 2013, to be followed by five-door hatchback and two-door coupe variants.
Behind every car is a world of imagination and innovation. Bursting with energy, constantly moving and evolving to create breathtaking solutions. Just like a shadow that never ceases to surprise you. Find it all captured here,
in Kia’s latest concept car. It’s proof that we are fast-forwarding to an all-new chapter. Ambassador of stunning future ideas. The Kia GT.
Design is instinctive. It takes you to the most ravishing places in your mind. With the GT, the journey is full of twists and turns, exhilaration meets acceleration, joie de vivre translates into effortless cruising. It’s time for a powerful experience. Meet the GT concept car, Kia’s new four-door sports sedan.
The first Kia concept car with rear-wheel drive, the GT is a true driver’s car. This majestic four-seater carries all the hallmarks of a sports sedan: short front overhang, extended bonnet, long wheelbase and set-back cabin position. The GT’s muscular proportions are met by a sophisticated and elegant interior, drawing inspiration from both the past and the future to create a cutting-edge piece of Kia engineering. The clean surface treatment, carbon-fibre elements and the sleek side rear-view cameras are designed to optimise the aerodynamic characteristics of the GT. Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer says: “Which ever way
you look at it, this concept car is roaring with energy, ready for take-off.”
A lazy day by the sea, the smell of black coffee, the feel of a luxurious leather briefcase, the ticking of a precision watch ...
You’ll find the GT is full of clues like these. The sophisticated interior combines effortless minimalism with exuberance. Like the carefully layered dashboard which houses the instrument cluster with transparent organic LED technology. It unites a myriad of features using fewer dials and switches. Even the seemingly floating seats are the result of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative thinking.
Kia’s hugely successful Sorento SUV will receive a host of significant improvements when the new upgraded model goes on sale later this year in most markets.
Significant changes include a re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy with lower emissions, improved ride, handling and refinement, additional convenience and safety features, plus a fresh, new look for the exterior.
“Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world. Today, it is manufactured in Korea and the USA, attracting over 130,000 US customers last year to rank as the best-selling Kia model in the States for the second year in a row,” commented Thomas Oh, Kia’s Executive Vice-President & COO of the International Business Division.
“We have given very careful attention to owners’ feedback, and the upgraded Sorento is not just a cosmetic exercise but a major step forward for our popular SUV.”
Kia’s designers have created new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights and a larger area of body-colour surface, and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter (19-inch) alloys.
Inside the five or seven-seater cabin, there are more soft-touch surfaces plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new centre stack with 8-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission models – reinforcing the vehicle’s more luxurious character. Offered in black or beige cloth or leather, the interior can be bathed in natural light through a larger optional panoramic sunroof with no centre cross beam and a powered blind.
The 2013 Sorento will be launched in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year. Full local specification and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date but the new Sorento will benefit from Kia Motors Australia’s ongoing local ride and handling program.
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