Kia K9 will be offered as the Cadenza in North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 24, 2012

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.

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