Apart from increasing market share in recent years, Hyundai and Kia are planning to release more prestige-class offerings in the US, reports Automotive News.

Kia will launch the Cadenza (K7 in Korea), a premium front-wheel-drive sedan next summer in the US, and there is speculation that its rear-wheel-drive flagship (K9 in Korea and also called Quoris in other markets) has been approved for Stateside sales.

The report further reveals that Hyundai is updating its Genesis and Equus (pictured) luxury sedans, both of which are due to go on sale there within the next couple of years. A rear-wheel-drive 3 Series rival, said to be based on the Genesis Coupe‘s platform, is also rumoured to be in the pipeline.