Mike Stevens | Feb 20, 2012

Kia's new player in the large sedan market has been spied again this week, with these latest shots offering a first look at the new car's cabin.

Known internally by its KH project name, the interior of the new car will take more from the Euro-market Cee'd than the Optima and Cadenza sedans, with leather-wrapped surfaces and gloss-black highlights dominating the dash.

A large touchscreen sits atop the centre stack, flanked by tall air-conditioning vents and and the usual selection of driver and entertainment controls.

Like its Hyundai Genesis stablemate (and a number of Mercedes models), the KH will also feature video game-like control pads on its steering wheel.

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These latest shots follow the release last week of new teaser sketches for the upcoming luxury sedan, revealing a Maserati-inspired profile and BMW-like snout.

It is expected that the KH will share its underpinnings and technology with the Genesis, including its V6 and V8 petrol engines and eight-speed auto - although the company's new 10-speed shifter could also be on the cards.

As for a production debut, the most likely options this year are next month's Geneva Motor Show, New York in April, or August's Paris Motor Show.

Will we see this one in Australia? Likely not. With the current Genesis platform available in left-hand-drive only, this will be a strictly Korean, American and European affair.

It is confirmed however that we'll see the next-generation Genesis here, so the K9 could be a starter in its second iteration.


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