The Hyundai side of South Korea's largest automaker has had a notable measure of success with its large, luxurious Genesis sedan, and soon, the Kia portion of the empire will offer its own: the K900, set to debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
In Kia's home market, the large luxury sedan is known as the K9 or Quoris
; here in the U.S., it had been rumored to be named the K9, but the official announcement today names it the K900.
An on-sale date is yet to be specified, though Kia says the K900 will reach the U.S. market
sometime in 2014. When it does arrive, the K900 will be available with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines. Kia hasn't confirmed exactly which engines will be used, or their power and gas mileage ratings, but we expect the 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 and 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engines from the Hyundai Genesis sedan to get the nod.
In Korean market form, the Quoris gets an eight-speed automatic transmission featuring a joystick-style controller, with four driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow) for the engine, traction control, and transmission programs. Kia claims the Quoris offers near 50-50 weight distribution for improved dynamics.
The K900 should also offer a range of advanced infotainment and electronics, including a 12.3-inch display in the center stack, heads-up display for the driver, and dual 9.2-inch rear seat entertainment monitors, as well as an available 17-speaker audio system. An executive-oriented "VIP" package may also be offered, with heated/ventilated rear seats with reclining backrests among other executive sedan features.
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
's press days kick off November 19, so stay tuned for more info on the K900 as well as the rest of the 20-plus debuts planned
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