Mike Stevens | Oct 17, 2012

Kia is bringing all of its flair to this year's Australian International Motor Show, including its hot Track'ster concept and the big new Quoris luxury sedan.

Will we ever see either of them in a local Kia showroom? The Track'ster is believed to offer a glimpse at the next-generation Soul, but the Quoris? Not anytime soon.

For now, the Hyundai-Kia partnership has two rear-wheel-drive setups underpinning the Genesis twins and the big Equus, and now also the Quoris (K9 in Korea). In their current form, all are available in left-hand-drive only.

 

Kia Quoris

The K9/Quoris marks a unique engineering step for Kia, featuring a big V6 petrol engine matched to a rear-wheel-drive layout.

Power is provided by the newly upgraded 213kW 3.8 litre 'Lambda' V6 petrol engine, while a 245kW 3.8 litre GDI V6 will follow the car's North American and European debut later this year.

The V6 is matched to the company's new eight-speed auto, featuring a BMW-like 'shift by wire' gear lever in the cabin.

The big limo boasts an overall length of 5090mm with a 3045mm wheelbase, making it a rival for the short-wheelbase versions of Mercedes' large S-Class and the BMW 7 Series.

Features in the cabin include a large 12.3-inch centre display, 9.2-inch monitors in the back of the front seats, and a 17-speaker audio system developed by Harman.

There's also a VIP package in the Korean market, offering twin heated 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 forwards when unoccupied.

 

Kia Track'ster Concept

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Headlining the Kia stand - at least in the eyes of performance fiends - will be the Track'ster concept, revealed earlier this year.

Previewing the next-generation Soul hatch, the Track'ster drops the rear doors, stretches its wheelbase and wheel guards, and dumps its piddly engine for a 185kW 2.0 litre turbocharged mill.

Kia has never revealed how quick the Track'ster is, but we imagine its 0-100km/h sprint would land somewhere in the six-second space.

The Track'ster rolls on custom HRE monoblock billet 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/40 rubber at the front and a very chunky 285/35 at the back.

Want to know more? Check out our earlier Track'ster feature.

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