The photos Kia released of its new rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan last week were accompanied by few details, but they do show the latest evolution of the brand's "tiger-nose" radiator grille.
The K9, which goes on sale in Korea this spring, will be the biggest, most luxurious car ever built by Kia.
Export markets will be announced this year. A Kia spokesman last week said the company "is still evaluating if it will sell the K9 in the United States."
Industry watchers expect the K9 to be in U.S. showrooms in 2014, with a different name.