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Kia's K9 Rear-Wheel Drive Flagship Spotted in California, is U.S. Debut Imminent?

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Despite the fact that Kia Motors' U.S. executives are avoiding to say whether the company's brand new K9 flagship model will come to the States, we all know that the Korean company would not develop a premium sedan model without planning to sell it in the world's biggest and most lucrative luxury car market.

Which is why we are not surprised that a Twitter user spotted the K9, which recently went on sale in South Korea, on an Orange County, California roadway.

Autonews, which first reported on the story, came in contact with Kia Motors spokesman James Hope, who said that the company is still evaluating the K9 for the U.S.

"It’s not uncommon for us to receive cars for evaluation," said Hope, who would not confirm that the car was Kia's as he claimed to have not seen it.

Kia has said that it will offer the K9 in overseas markets with an upgraded 286hp (290PS) Lambda V6 3.8-litre MPI engine and a 329HP (333PS) 3.8-liter GDI engine. However, we reckon that in the U.S., the company may also introduce a V8 option as well.

Photo Credit: Twitter user Scarboy6693


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9 Comments:

Got-rice said... »May 18, 2012

Sand Canyon Ave in Irvine...right by Kia HQ.  That DST plate is theirs no doubt...

dubfun said... »May 19, 2012

Are they really going to give it the K9 name?  I can here the jokes already.

Tlspncr said... »May 21, 2012

BMW SHOULD SUE THE PHUCK OUT OF KIA>>>>>THEY BLANTENLY BOUGHT A BMW F10 5 SERIES AND COPIED ABOUT 85% of the car 

bd said... »May 22, 2012

Uhm, in that case, Maserati should sue BMW since the F10 5 and Gran Coupe take their front fascia design from the Quattroporte (which, btw, Peter Schreyer had stated was the inspiration for the K9).

dumblikeyoutu said... »May 22, 2012

 And Aston Martin should sue Ford for using the only attractive element on their new Fusion, the grille opening. That one, now being adapted to every single Ford going forward, is an utter ripoff.

Elking_10palace said... »May 23, 2012

7-series copie

Fathead164 said... »May 25, 2012

Well, I see the Cadenza driving around all the time, yet it still hasn't had a debut in the US. So this means nothing.  

Iksrobma said... »June 08, 2012

It is actually a beautiful and very handsome car.  I see some of the elements when people compare it to BMW 7 but it looks a lot better then the 7.  Plus a better back seat and prices tag to boot.

junho seo said... »January 06, 2013

It is a kia amanti 2013

its name K9 korea names...

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