2013 Kia Quoris

As predicted Kia officially confirmed their K9 flagship saloon will soon be launched in the global market. It does get a new name though: the Quoris.

The name might be stupid, but the car is very, very feature-rich. It gets Kia’s first radar-based Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC).  Located in the right side of the front bumper, the radar system constantly monitors the road ahead, up to a range of 174 meters. The ASCC is linked to the rest of the vehicle controls by the Quoris’ Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM).  Integrating the control of various vehicle monitoring systems, including the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), seatbelt mechanisms and multiple warning systems, the AVSM can alert the driver, pre-pressurize the braking system and activate the Pre-Safe Belt (PSB) system, depending on the anticipated level of a collision risk.

There is not word on pricing yet, but it’s a Kia. It will offer better value than European cars with the same level of sophistication.


Kia press release:

Derived from the English words ‘core’ and ‘quality’, the name of our new flagship sedan hints at the attributes at the very heart of the vehicle,” commented Thomas Oh, Kia’s Executive Vice President & COO of the International Business Division.  “The word ‘Quoris’ conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus. “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,” adds Mr. Oh.

Innovative ‘active’ safety technologies
The Kia Quoris will feature an array of high-tech driving assistance and active safety features.

“Quoris adopts a number of intelligent safety technologies never before seen on a Kia, in order to deliver maximum driver comfort and safety,” comments Chang-Ki Kang, Senior Vice President of Kia’s Namyang R&D Center.

“The Quoris can cruise at a desired speed, maintain a pre-determined ‘safe’ distance from the vehicle in front, and even come to a complete stop if necessary.  Quoris can also detect and warn the driver of approaching potential hazards using innovative audio, visual and haptic alerts.

“Our new flagship sedan possesses remarkable abilities to monitor and detect changing traffic conditions, and is constantly processing information, immediately deciding the right course of action and precisely executing vehicle movement controls as necessary,” concludes Kang.

lass-leading Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assistance
The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system for Quoris features two radar scanners located in each of the outer corners of the rear bumper.  Each is capable of detecting objects up to 70 meters away from the rear, and four meters from each side.

Activated at vehicle speeds above 30 kph, BSD gives the driver a warning when a vehicle comes into the blind spot zone – an area approximately four meters wide along each side of the Quoris and extending more than six meters from the rear bumper.

Compared with sonic-based BSD systems, Quoris’ radar-based BSD gives a longer detection range, which is also exploited by the Lane Change Assistance (LCA) system.  LCA alerts the driver to vehicles approaching from the rear at high speeds from up to 70 meters away.

If the system also considers the speed of approach to be a potential hazard – specifically if it calculates that a collision would occur within 4.5 seconds if no avoiding action is taken – it will illuminate a warning triangle graphic in the left or right door mirror glass and activate a warning signal on the HUD. If the driver does not react to this visual ‘alert’, an audible warning is also sounded.

Both the BSD and LCA systems can be deactivated by the driver, if required.

Lane Departure Warning System
While radars boast a superior ability to detect objects at long distances, cameras are used in Quoris to recognize the shape of closer objects such as lane markings.

A forward-facing video camera is at the heart of the new sedan’s Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).  It monitors the car’s position in relation to lane markings and triggers a warning in case of unintended lane departures at speeds above 60 kph.

Around View Monitor system
Four cameras on each side of Quoris are used to create its class-leading Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which provides maximum convenience and safety during parking and low-speed maneuvering.

Unlike the majority of competitors’ AVM systems with a field-of-view of less than a 270-degrees, the Quoris’ system offers a true 360-degree all-around view in eight different viewing modes, displayed on the Audio Video Navigation (AVN) monitor.

Continuously synthesizing images from four cameras, the AVM provides a virtual ‘top’ view in motion, so the driver can easily have a full grasp of all his or her surroundings, maximizing safety for the car occupants as well as pedestrians.  The AVM system automatically deactivates at speeds above 20 km/h.

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