New Kia K9 spy photos: V-8 powered Hyundai Genesis sibling

Today, we are bringing you a new series of Kia K9 spy shots thanks to the fellows from chagal.org.

They have caught a heavily-camouflaged Kia luxury sedan while cruising down the highway near Seoul.

Kia K9 luxury sedan has been rumored for quite some time now and several reports have already been published by us and other automobile enthusiast sites in the past.

With more spy shots starting to circulate on the interwebs, it is quite obvious that the model is entering the final evaluation phase where the last kinks are being ironed out by the Kia engineers.

Details regarding the new Kia K9 are fairly scarce at this point but rumors are claiming that the K9 will be riding on the same chassis that underpins the Hyundai Genesis and Equus luxury sedans.

The highlights of the up-coming luxury sedan will be the all-new 5.0L V8 engine with gasoline direct injection -GDI technology (429 horsepower!) and 8-speed automatic transmission. A less potent V-6 engine option will also be available.

Other details around the K9 luxury sedan remain a mystery therefore we will have to wait a few more months to obtain more information regarding the Kia K9’s release date and its powertrain options. Stay tuned for more information to hit the Kia-World blog soon!

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15 thoughts on “New Kia K9 spy photos: V-8 powered Hyundai Genesis sibling

  1. The K8 will look better than the Lexus-copy Genesis… and I’m betting the Buick-style vents will stay, even if also find them cheesy.

  2. Mark: the K9 is rumored to hit the Korean market late this year or early next year. It is still not known whether the model will come to the US or any other international market.

  3. Looks like a Buick Regal even in disguise, though the K9 is longer…no, not in the tooth, longer in length silly rabbit.

  4. the Kia Cadenza (K7) front wheel drive is the Hyundai Azera twin

    so the K9 is build on the rear wheel drive Genensis platform

  5. I have heard lots of rumors from Kia corporate regarding the Cadenza. Some say it will be a 2012 model available later this year, and some say it will be a 2013 model available next year. Lets see what happens in New York, because I am honestly expecting to see the Rio, Soul facelift, and Cadenza at the New York show. They have room on their display platforms for 3 vehicles, and those are the three most logical.

  6. I can confirm that the 2012 Rio & the Soul facelift will be in NY. About the K9 I’m not aware

  7. Look on the Kia site, they actually freshened the Cadenza a little bit. That, along with their repeated sightings in North America, along with calling KMA on 3 separate occasions, and them telling me it will be available late this year, along with them releasing a segment-leading 3.0L GDI V6 for the Cadenza – leads me to believe it is coming. I don’t see why you say that the K9 will steal sales from Optima or Cadenza. Those don’t compare AT ALL! And take away sales from the Genesis?? Maybe, but HKAG will have more overall sales, and that is their goal. This won’t TOUCH the Equus. Not to mention, 90% of the population have NO IDEA that Hyundai and Kia are even close to related – nor do they care.

  8. That is a valid concern, for sure. Thing is, if nothing else it is a marketing tool for the other cars. Half the battle in car sales is getting the customer into the dealership.

  9. Also, people will shop within a segment. Regardless of how it looks next to the Cadenza or Optima in terms of fuel efficiency, most people that buy V8 cars are NOT going to settle for less. I think target sales of a car like this would be 1500-2000 per month.

  10. Don’t forget that there is a huge oil reserve in the Wyoming and Montana area that is larger than the known Alaskan reserves. I was at one time interested in the all-electric cars but the ranges are so anemic that I am solely focused on the best car, ICE cars. I absolutely love the new Rio hatch and sedan for 2012 from Kia. Especially the Rio hatch in the white or cream color.

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