Following last week’s find about the Kia K9′s haptic control knob, more details have arrived from Kia about this new system. Here is exactly how the rotary control knob will work in the Korean company’s new flagship.
As reported earlier, the K9 features a new rotary knob, which provides haptic feedback to the user when making selections. Kia sent this small photo of the control system, as well as explained how it works, and what systems are operated by it.
Using the ‘Menu’ button, a driver can switch through different menu settings, including cluster information settings, heads-up display settings, route information and vehicle operation settings. Then using the knob, drivers can navigate through the menu, and can select the function or setting by pressing the ‘enter’ button in the middle.
If this follows the same idea as some other applications of the TouchSense haptic feedback, the rotary knob should provide a slight vibrating sensation to the driver, to indicate when they have scrolled over a new selection.
Kia also noted that this will accompany a touch-screen infotainment system. In that case, this system seems to be only used for navigating through an information cluster.
Kia didn’t confirm if the touch-screen will be using the Microsoft powered UVO infotainment operating system, but it’s likely considering its application in Kia vehicles across the range.
It is yet to be determined whether or not the K9 will be hitting the North American market, but if it does, it may wear a Cadenza badge, and use the same rear wheel drive platform as the Hyundai Genesis, and Equus. A 3.8-liter direct-injection V6 would be put to use in this vehicle, making 350-hp and will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that will likely deliver solid fuel economy. Its possible that the K9/Cadenza could hit North America sometime this year, and carry a price-tag of around $50,000.