Following the successful launch of the Hyundai Equus in America, Kia is reportedly preparing to bring over its flagship K9 sedan as well.
Walk into any Kia dealership in America, plonk down $13,600 on the hood and you can drive home in a new Rio. The Soul and Forte don’t cost much more than that, either. At the other extreme sits the Cadenza (known elsewhere as the K7), which starts at $35,100. But soon Kia will be going even further up-market by bringing over the Quoris. Known domestically as the K9, the Quoris is a sister model to the Hyundai Equus. It’s Kia’s first rear-drive sedan, with styling that could be mistaken for a BMW 7 Series at first glance.
Of course the BMW costs much more than the Kia – at least in America, anyway. So how much will the Quoris go for in US showrooms? Between $50,000 and $70,000, according to reports. For that kind of change, the flagship Kia stretches over five meters long and packs Hyundai’s direct-injection 3.8-liter V6 with as much as 330 horsepower driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Smaller versions of the same engine have also been offered in other markets, but it would be safe to assume Kia will bring the more powerful version to America.