We already knew its name in South Korea, but now Kia has revealed the name under which its new large luxury sedan will be sold in markets around the world: Quoris. The Kia Quoris is scheduled to go on sale "overseas" -- Kia hasn't yet said precisely what that entails -- by the fourth quarter of this year.
Kia teased the new name with a post on its Facebook page, explaining that the name was derived from the English words for "quality" and "core." According to Kia executive vice president Thomas Oh, "The word 'Quoris' conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus."
The Kia K9 luxury sedan went on sale in Korea in May, and we've since spied the car testing in California. Kia has confirmed that the Quoris will be sold in several markets outside Korea, and said that Europe is not one of those locations. That leads us to believe the Kia Quoris will go on sale in the U.S. later this year or in early 2013. It would make sense for two simple reasons: Kia is on a push to improve its brand image in this country, and the company has specifically denied any chance that the luxury car will be sold in Europe.
The Quoris and K9 are heavily based on the Hyundai Genesis. We expect the Quoris, if and when it comes to America, will share the Genesis's 333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6; 385-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; and 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engines. Kia revealed today that the Quoris will have the company's first adaptive cruise control system, as well as blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, and an automatic braking feature. On top of that, the Quoris will have an Around View Monitor that uses four cameras to create a 360-degree view around the car.
We're still waiting for official confirmation as to whether the Kia Quoris will be sold in America, but it's a solid bet the car will arrive here soon.