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Kia Teases A New RWD Luxury Sedan


William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
February 13, 2012


No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That sketch you see is a Kia and it’s teasing a new RWD luxury sedan, a first for the Korean automaker.

Kia released three sketches of their new RWD sedan, codenamed KH. The KH design shares many cues from the midsize Optima and GT concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. There’s also a little BMW 7-Series influence in the back end of these sketches.

Rumor has it the the KH will use the Hyundai Genesis platform as a base and come with a range of six and eight cylinder engines, and use a 8-speed automatic or even a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

The KH will be going on sale in South Korea later this year wearing the K9 nameplate. Other markets will follow there after.

Asked if the KH would make it over to the states, a Kia spokesman said,

“Kia Motors America is still evaluating plans for KH in the U.S. market, and there is nothing further to announce at this time.”

Kia KH Front Quarter Rendering
Album: Kia KH Sedan Renderings
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Source: Autoweek

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Kia, you haven't market tested that name in the US have you?

That said, the designer Kia stole from Audi clearly has eyes on BMW.
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Interesting, I like the look and it would be interesting to see how spacious or if it is on the inside.

I agree with Oldmoboi, they need to do their research, calling this KH will not fly and their names need to be mucho better for a flag ship luxury car.
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Interesting...still don't see much diffferentiation between Kia and Hyundai other than styling. 'KH' is a bland name, should give it a real name and not an acryonym. I thought I'd read a while back that their big car was going to be called the Cradenza.
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I know there is a tire called Credenza and I think in Japan one of their sedans has that name also.

I just think they need to come up with something better than KH for their luxury auto.

While I love all my caddy's, I am not a big fan of their 3 letter naming either. Most people could not tell you what they stand for.

In fact without Binging or googling, I wonder how many anyone here could name for Caddy?

STS =
DTS =
CTS =
XLR =
ATS =
SRX =
XTS =
ELR =
EXT =
ESV =

Seems Crazy to me to have all these acronyms.
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Well, I could... but I agree with you on the naming.
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Can't wait to see it.
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I am really curious to see how this car turns out. The Optima looks really good, a sporty rear dive version of that could be sweet. But if it is sort of generic like an Equus that would be a let down. Amazing that Hyundai/Kia will have 3 rear drive V8 sedans, and GM and Ford together make 2. (ATS, CTS, not counting the police only Caprice)
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I am really curious to see how this car turns out. The Optima looks really good, a sporty rear dive version of that could be sweet. But if it is sort of generic like an Equus that would be a let down. Amazing that Hyundai/Kia will have 3 rear drive V8 sedans, and GM and Ford together make 2. (ATS, CTS, not counting the police only Caprice)

GM only has 1 (ATS doesn't have a V8 version yet that we know about)... it is sad the direction Ford has gone..
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