The Kia K9 will wear the Cadenza badge when it wil be launched in North America. Kia is already using this brand in other markets. A source said that the Cadenza name will be borrowed by the brand’s new flagship luxury sedan. It’s confusing since the Cadenza is a totally different model overseas. In markets such as the Middle East, the Cadenza has the K7 as its basis.
The K7 is a version of the front-drive full-size sedan platform that is also used by the Hyundai Azera. It’s possible that the Amanti name would be brought back if the K7 / Cadenza arrives in North America.
Amanti had once been used for an unsightly and unpopular large sedan. The K9/Cadenza, which is based on the same rear-drive architecture as the Hyundai Genesis and Equus, is positioned in between the two when it comes to size.
It’s likely to be powered by the brand’s 3.8-liter direct-injection V6, which delivers 350 hp with the use of an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As a result, its fuel economy is imposing. It’s expected that the Cadenza would have its launch this year in North America as a 2013 model year vehicle. The Cadenza has a starting price of about $50,000.