Kia has taken the company's K9 to Northern Sweden for a little winter testing, and our spy photographers were on hand to catch a glimpse of the vehicle as it went dashing through the snow. The vehicle will borrow from the rear-wheel drive architecture pioneered on the Hyundai Genesis, though will likely boast design cues inspired by the Kia GT Concept. Judging by these photos, full LED headlights will make their way to the model, at least on some trims. Odds are the K9 will boast power from both a 3.8-liter V6 and a 4.6-liter V8 as well as a more powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Genesis R-Spec.

A standard eight-speed automatic transmission is likely to handle gear-swapping duties, but rumor has it Kia is also working on a new 10-speed transmission, and there's a chance that gearbox will be available in the K9 in the near future. Look for the vehicle to make a full debut later this year as a 2013 model.


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      KaiserWilhelm
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      Can we PLEASE get an affordable MID-SIZE RWD car?!?!? I don't want a boat!
        Danny Blaney
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        @KaiserWilhelm
        The chrysler 200 was originally supposed to be a shorter 300 but that got cut. Shame.
      GFB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't Ford be doing this with Lincoln? Bad management and stupidity. The Koreans are building RWD sport sedans and Ford is badge-engineering. What a shame. If this car looks anything like the concept (the FWD Kia Optima has some of the concept's styling cues), this car will be a hit. America is starved for RWD V8 power and Hyundai/Kia will prove it.
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          Darius
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          Because Kia is decidedly going the sports route with their cars.
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      CarCrazy24
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      Just as Hyundai is planning to make a separate brand for its luxury line, Kia should plan to do the same if it releases this car. The competition should make the luxury marketplace better!
        WhackyPlague
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        @CarCrazy24
        I think that would definitely infringe on Hyundai's efforts with the Genesis and Equus, though...
      Javier Garza
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      Is anyone else getting BMW 7-Series vibes from this?
      aepokorski
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      Are those LED headlights? It would make sense considering the Sportage, etc have LED accent lights. I wonder if he rumor from a while back will hold true, that KIA is developing a higher revving 4.0L version of the V8 in the genesis?
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        NightFlight
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        @ Rantmaster + Jaybird Both of you are idiots: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/kbb-hands-out-inaugural-total-cost-of-ownership-awards-to-kia-a/#aol-comments
          libertedelacroix
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          libertedelacroix
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          @Rant Master And i assume with your subpar intelligence and logic, Audi paid KBB too !
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          Justin Campanale
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          Wow, Jaybird, you are such a hypocrite. It has been proven that you have several logins which you use to your benefit....to troll AB.
          Justin Campanale
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          @NightFlight
          Ummmm, you might want to like at my comments vs their's. Just because we all call you out on being such a troll doesn't mean we are the same person. Eg. On VW pages me and Nightflight always battle each other on VW reliability. Again, you are being a hypocrite. You accuse people of having multiple accounts (when they clearly don't) when you have at least 10 multiple accounts yourself.
        Krishan Mistry
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        And you come standard with subpar intellgence and wit, bloated fanboyism, and bloated BS levels.
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          Justin Campanale
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          Actually, I'm not realted to any of these people....but you are still an idiot.
          Darius
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          I don't think these other people are black. And with a fleet mix of less than 11 percent you be the judge of where Hyundai ranks. Stupid guys like you have nothing more to say. Damn you're slow...
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      I know I've said this MANY times before: Invisibleblog, none, M, Twitter, Jaybrid36, your are done, ____I____, Austin, inch5, Butterfly, and spies1 are all the same person. This one troll all troll Hyundai posts and downvotes anyone who disagrees with him, and is such a blind follower of Honda that it is almost sad. This one troll has turned AB into a wasteland with his trolling and Honda fanboyism. The fact that this comment will recieve a rating of -15 only proves my point.
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        @Justin Campanale
        They are. 100% agree. I really wish Autoblog would do the same thing with their commenting system that Boy Genius Report did.
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