So that’s the name they’ve chosen instead. After facing an injunction over the Quoris name, which was originally intended for the Kia K9‘s export markets, Edmunds reports that the rear-wheel drive flagship sedan will be sold in the US from next year as the Kia K900.
It’s set to turn up at next month’s LA show, in US-market form. Kia Motors America spokesman Scott McKee told Edmunds that a V6 and a V8 will be available, but declined to reveal any other details – including whether the car is based on the recently-updated Hyundai Equus. The Kia K900 will sit above the Kia Cadenza (K7 in Korea), which launched in the US at the start of the year.
In Korea, the K9 (as it is known there) is powered by either a 300 PS/348 Nm 3.3 litre GDI V6 or a 334 PS/395 Nm 3.8 litre GDI V6 – although a 290 PS/358 Nm 3.8 litre MPI V6 was previously available. Regardless of the engine, transmission should be taken care of by an eight-speed ‘shift by wire’ auto. The V8 option should be a 429 hp/510 Nm 5.0 litre Tau unit, but which of those Lambda V6s will the US get?