As the first proof that such a car actually exists, several pictures of what is believed to be a camouflaged version of the upcoming Ki K9 luxury sedan have made in onto the net thanks to an amateur spy photographer.
Based on the same rear-drive platform as the Hyundai Genesis, the car would likely share the same engines, meaning we should see either a 4.6-liter or 5.0-liter V8, as well as a V6 engine. As in the new 2012 Genesis R-Spec, the 5.0-liter engine makes 429-hp at 6400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for a V6, look for 333-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque with as much as 29-mpg on the highway.
Not likely to debut for at least a year, the car fits Kia’s new corporate mandate to focus on niche market models that would help draw attention to the brand. The K9’s significant size, paired with the brand’s new design language is certain to make the K9 a stand-out on the road.
GALLERY: Kia K9 Spied