Although there has been plenty of news about the Kia K9/Quoris over the past year and a half, we've yet to hear anything from Kia regarding the US fate of its flagship, rear-wheel-drive sedan. That changes today, however, as Kia has confirmed the recent rumor that the car would be renamed K900 for the US market, and that the luxurious sedan would debut next month at the LA Auto Show and go on sale next year.

Along with the announcement, Kia also released its first image of the US-spec K900, and, not surprisingly, this profile shot is identical to what we've seen in images for the Korean-market K9 and globally named Quoris (click above to enlarge). Unlike the closely related Hyundai Equus, the Kia K900 will offer customers the option of V6 or V8 engines, but it will be fitted with just as many luxurious amenities as its Hyundai counterpart.

We'll probably have to wait until closer to the K900's on-sale date for any official word on pricing, but last we heard, it will be priced between $50,000 and $70,000 – a significant step up from the current top-drawer model, the Kia Cadenza. Scroll down for the brief press release, and check back in a few weeks for live coverage of this car's debut.
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KIA TO TAKE VALUE TO NEW LEVELS OF SOPHISTICATION

IRVINE, Calif., October 28, 2013 – Kia Motors America will take value to new levels of sophistication next month with the unveiling of a rear wheel drive flagship sedan at the Los Angeles auto show. The all-new K900 is scheduled to go on sale next year and be available with either a V6 or V8 engine.


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      sanmusa
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was recently in the Haevichi Resort in Jeju Island, South Korean and they had a few Korean luxury cars there on display, including a fully loaded K9. The car is impressive, very sumptuous inside, and it is also very good looking. I like it better than the Equus.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks stately. I could see this parked outside some of the larger KIA dealers as a showcase car but those very very small corner dealerships around from the early days not so much. It would take up the whole front lot, it's going to be a big car requiring some special treatment. KIA needs a car like this even if they don't sell many, when I walked into my local Hyundai dealer and see a couple Equus parked inside at the entrance it grabs your attention.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Handsome car. Too bad there are so many ignorant bigots who scoff at it because its a Kia when they haven't seen it or driven in it yet try to come off as experts.
        JDubbs115
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        Seriously, you'd think there was some kind of personal offense to these people, the hate is that intense. Honestly, I think it stems from the fact that there's a Kia they can't afford.
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one, and I mean no one, who can afford a $60k car is going to pay $60k for a Kia. Sorry, Kia.
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Walk up to anyone and say, I just spent 60K on a Kia... and see their response.
      Mark A Golden
      • 1 Year Ago
      I woundnt pay more then 18k for a kia....sorry Hyundai, if u want to sell high end cars then you need to have a high end brand ......do what Nissan toyata and honda did and create a new lux brand.
        Alberto Homs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark A Golden
        so...you would STILL buy a Hyundai for 60 grand BUT with a different name?..lol.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alberto Homs
          I chuckled when I read that too. It makes absolutely no sense.
        Moreno636
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark A Golden
        Right charge you an extra $40K for a different emblem and leather lounge chairs and expresso maker in the "luxury lounge". lol dummies.
      mustsvt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kia dealers are ill equipped to handle customers looking for a vehicle in that price range, and I doubt people are going to spend $50k+ on a Kia. As even VW learned with the Phaeton, you can only stretch a brand so far.
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustsvt
        I've see the Genesis sedan all the time, and I've even seen 4 or 5 Equus driving around too. You guys spouted the same bullcrap when Hyundai made the announcement and you are repeating the same old tired mantra. Before that people said Lexus would never work. Now they are a staple of quality. Haters gonna hate....
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Please tell us for every Hyundai Genesis or Equus is sold, how many more do the other brands in the same class ell? Thats what I figured.
          mikeybyte1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Lexus doesn't build $15k econoboxes or make their reputation on cheap cars. They cater to luxury buyers. Walk into a Lexus dealer and a Kia dealer and tell me they are the same. Yes, there are buyers that will pay $60k for a Kia. Just not many.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Jesus!, They aren't made to sell in high volumes, but just enough to be seen. I've only seen 1 Phaeton on the road EVER. I've seen dozens of Genesis sedans, and a few Equus sedans. They aren't trying to beat Lexus. You miss the point. Eventually they may try to do that, but that's not the first of many steps. It was to elevate brand perception. The move worked, sales are up, and cars like the Sonata are seen with an elevated sense of worth than before they just had the XG350 and then the Azera. He douche bag, maybe you didn't get the memo, Hyundai and Kia have a PRODUCTION VOLUME problem. That is, they can't build them fast enough, yet you chastise a business move that has seen success. I wouldn't let you run a lemonade stand.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustsvt
        Out of about a dozen or so dealerships I have visited in last five years, experience at BMW dealership has been the worst.
          Michael
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          I agree, I just bought a new car and the BMW dealer was the only dealer that I felt unwelcome.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          yep, they treat us like they are doing us a favor by selling us their car. Lexus is the complete opposite. Very welcoming, very knowledgeable staff.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustsvt
        I'll just post this again... You're kind of missing the point. The Phaeton failed because it still cost a fortune even though you had to rub shoulders with Golf buyers to get one. This will sell on value for those that would rather save many thousands of dollars than feel special at a dealer.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just do not see this car doing that well. The Kia name screams and sounds cheap. I agree if Hyundai wants luxury cars, they need to make a luxury brand. I can pretty much guarantee the resale value on these things will be absurdly poor.
        sanmusa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        And the resale value on Maserati, Range Rover, and many other luxury brands are the same way.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sanmusa
          Actually, Kia's resale values are far, FAR better than those two you mentioned.
      RA
      • 1 Year Ago
      DAEWOO
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cant wait till Kia/ Hyundai establish a serious racing division like M and AMG. They have a lot of potential, lets see where it takes them.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        They have no potential with how they make their sportyish cars
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great car!........ For the sales managers to drive that work at Kia dealerships before they are given away with $20,000+ discounts on upsold regular Kia customers.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll say it again. Would you eat "lobster thermidor" from McDonalds? Would you have your anniversary dinner at restaurant that serves fine steak alongside a box of processed chicken nuggets? Lets ignore the fact Kia basically assembled this cars exterior from everything on the market... I could take Kia/Hyundai's effort at a "top-of-the line" luxury car seriously if they were sub-branded. It's strategy that works wonders in the industry. Buyers of top of the line luxury aren't sniffing around for bargains and discounts like buyers of $25,000 cars. This tier is reserved for buyers looking for excess, style and very importantly, brand prestige. Driving a $65,000 Kia is crazy. No doubt they can stuff leather and V8's into a frame just like anybody else, but myself, and others still have a hard time stomaching a $65,000+ Kia/Hyundai. Sub-brand it already!
        tool0117
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        So the top brands right now are and will always be the top brands? Open your mind
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tool0117
          @Zoom Have you been watching BMW lately? They have made several moves to bone their long-term fanbase and don't appear to be slowing down. Is a compact FWD car fit to wear the same badge as the 7-Series? Doesn't matter...it's going to happen soon.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tool0117
          Generally, yes, unless they **** up royally. Unless Kia plans to quit selling Hamster cars, they are smoking some serious pipe if they think this is going to fly.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        I would absolutely eat lobster at McDonald's. Being more expensive does not inherently make something better. Being German does not inherently make a car better. Being an established brand does not necessarily make a car better.
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