The upcoming luxury-oriented Kia K9 luxury sedan will get quite a few nice touches, literally. The infotainment system in the K9 will incorporate a force-feedback rotary knob, which is a first for a Kia vehicle.
Called ‘TouchSense’ force feedback technology, the innovation is the product of Immersion Corporation, a developer of haptic technologies.
This is the first we’ve heard about the infotainment system that Kia will be using in the new K9 sedan.
Current Kia models that have an infotainment unit are equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, powered by UVO, which is a Microsoft based system, much like Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch. Its interesting to see Kia move away from its touch-screen technology.
In Lexus vehicles, the Remote-Touch system has a controller for the infotainment that is used like a computer mouse or joystick. With built in feedback, it allows the user to “feel” their way across the buttons on the screen without having to look at anything.
This feedback system used by Lexus has generally received praise for ease-of-use, but can become a chore in longer tasks like typing in addresses in the navigation system.
The Kia K9, which will likely come to North America as the Cadenza, will be based on the same rear-drive platform as the Hyundai Genesis and Equus. Power is likely to come from the brand’s 3.8-liter direct-injection V6 making 350 hp and using an 8-speed automatic transmission to deliver solid fuel economy. Expect the Cadenza to launch as early as this year in North America wearing a starting price of around $50,000.