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Archive for the ‘Kia’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Kia to Launch Mild-Hybrid Diesel Powertrain This Year

Car makers are constantly trying these days to eke out the last remnants of life out of the internal combustion engine before consigning them to the history books. One of the latest tricks is to add a small battery to the whole thing, turning a regular ICE into something that is called a mild-hybrid system. Many have done this with petrol units, now Kia wants to try it with diesel. 

Kia calls their mild-hybrid diesel the ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain and they will be putting it first in a version of the Sportage later this year, followed by the Ceed in 2019. The system features a 0.46 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) that works both ways in that it helps reducing the diesel’s already excellent fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and it gives better acceleration to the car by supplementing the engine’s output. Kia makes the case for the mild-hybrid by reminding people that “no plug-in recharging required” with this powertrain.

The diesel unit is an innovative solution to keep this fuel relevant for a few more years. The EcoDynamics+ system comes with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to ensure cleaner operation. The mild-hybrid powertrains – yes, there is more coming with petrol engine as well as diesel – are the base of Kia’s electrification ambitions. Kia plans to launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and a new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020.

The post Kia to Launch Mild-Hybrid Diesel Powertrain This Year appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Better Get Used to Seeing Kia’s Tiger Nose Grille – Like BMW’s Kidney Grille, It Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

0-to-60 could be as fast as five seconds flat

As any marketing person will tell you, building brand recognition is critical to a company’s success. To this end, automakers have a number of strategies to create awareness with customers, including the implementation of a specific design language across a lineup. As such, it appears as though Kia has their “look” set in stone.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Kia unveils electric Niro EV

Electrification of cars, today, is not just an “offering”; it’s a necessity. While there are some automakers who arrived late to the party (cough… DS… cough), there are also a few who took steps years ago. Kia embarked on the EV mission with the Soul EV which has been a runaway success over the years. Kia introduced the Niro EV at the ongoing
’5th International Electric Car Expo’,. This wholesome package garnered a lot of attention for its looks and features. Can the Niro EV take the electric crossover segment by storm? Let’s find out.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Niro EV Arrives with 236-mile Range

Previewed by a concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Kia Niro EV was unveiled as a production model at the International Electric Car Expo in South Korea. As expected, the electric crossover is a mildly revised version of the conventional Niro styling-wise.

PostHeaderIcon Report: The Kia Telluride Will Closely Resemble the Concept

Two months ago, Kia confirmed what many of has have been thinking for quite some time. The Telluride Concept that the automaker showed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show would be turned into a production model. Building off of that announcement, Kia has now confirmed that the production model will look a lot like the concept version from two years ago. More importantly, the Telluride’s “look” will also shape the design of Kia’s other crossovers and SUVs, including the Soul, Sportage, and Sorento.

PostHeaderIcon The Kia Proceed Shooting Brake Could Debut at the Paris Motor Show

The Kia Proceed Concept turned a lot of heads at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially thought of as a design study to determine the design direction of the next-generation Ceed, the positive reception surrounding the concept forced Kia to rethink its initial plans for the car. A production version is now in the works, and word on the street is that it will make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October.

PostHeaderIcon Liberty Walk Kia Stinger May Look Something Like This

One of the things we like about Japanese tuner Liberty Walk is that they are not picky. They work on anything, from Toyota 86 to McLaren 650S and beyond. So it is only a matter of time before we get a Liberty Walk Kia Stinger. That is why we thought you may want to have an early look at what that thing may look like in these renderings.

Granted, the designer has gone to the extreme lowering and widening the Stinger in these renderings. But a full-on Liberty Walk Kia Stinger is going to have pretty much the same features. It’ll have massive overfenders with those iconic visible rivets. It will indeed be bagged with air suspension and dropped right to the ground. And it will probably boast over-sized aero parts as you see on this imaginary cars here.

The one thing from these designs the real LB Stinger may not feature is the extreme camber of the wheels. Not that Liberty Walk is above playing such tricks to make their creations eye-popping. The truth is, that kind of camber does not work on a car like the stinger, which is in essence a four-door saloon. Such a treatment would be more fitting on a sports car, preferably a Japanese one.

In any case, we quite like the look of these ultra wide Stingers, especially the matte black one. This is something one could reasonably expect to see at next year’s SEMA show.

Renderings via Rob Evans Design

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Soul EV Tests Wireless Charging Capability

If you ask us, the new technology of wireless charging is more of a miracle than Moses parting the sea. For one thing, the former is real, and you can now have it in smartphones and cars. Even something like the Kia Soul EV, which isn’t a fancy expensive car by any stretch of the imagination, could be equipped with this system. 

Well, it can’t yet, but very soon we will see applications of this technology on production electric cars form Kia and Hyundai. It hasn’t been easy equipping the Kia Soul EV with fast wireless charging capability, It has been a three-prong venture by Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), Mojo Mobility, Inc. (Mojo), and U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The system they have come up with, and successfully tested on five Soul EVs, is a compact wireless charging system that is capable of transferring more than 10 kW to the vehicle. It also boasts an 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency which means there is very little waste of energy involved. And in case you thought this was witchcraft, here’s an extremely simplified explanation of how it works: “the system works by using an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two coils—a transmitter on the ground and a receiver on the bottom of the vehicle.” You just park the car above the transmitter and voila, you get charged up.

“We’re thrilled with the success of the system and its efficiency,” said William Freels, HATCI President. “We set out to develop wireless charging that has real world applications and is easy to use for the consumer. Now, with this fleet of wireless Soul EVs, we can clearly see a future of unplugged electric vehicles.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Soul EV Tests Wireless Charging Capability

If you ask us, the new technology of wireless charging is more of a miracle than Moses parting the sea. For one thing, the former is real, and you can now have it in smartphones and cars. Even something like the Kia Soul EV, which isn’t a fancy expensive car by any stretch of the imagination, could be equipped with this system. 

Well, it can’t yet, but very soon we will see applications of this technology on production electric cars form Kia and Hyundai. It hasn’t been easy equipping the Kia Soul EV with fast wireless charging capability, It has been a three-prong venture by Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), Mojo Mobility, Inc. (Mojo), and U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The system they have come up with, and successfully tested on five Soul EVs, is a compact wireless charging system that is capable of transferring more than 10 kW to the vehicle. It also boasts an 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency which means there is very little waste of energy involved. And in case you thought this was witchcraft, here’s an extremely simplified explanation of how it works: “the system works by using an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two coils—a transmitter on the ground and a receiver on the bottom of the vehicle.” You just park the car above the transmitter and voila, you get charged up.

“We’re thrilled with the success of the system and its efficiency,” said William Freels, HATCI President. “We set out to develop wireless charging that has real world applications and is easy to use for the consumer. Now, with this fleet of wireless Soul EVs, we can clearly see a future of unplugged electric vehicles.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Kia is Considering AWD for the Niro and Optima, but the Sedona Will Have to Wait

Kia is looking into the viability of more of its vehicles all-wheel drive as demand for the system grows. Unlike in the past, more customers are now looking for the increased grip that an AWD system provides, and when that kind of demand increases, an automaker like Kia has to listen. Among the models being eyed to get standard AWD in the future include the Optima sedan, the Sedona minivan, and Niro crossover. No decision has been made yet, but Kia is looking at it as a possibility now that customers have become more vocal in their desire to see them on the Kia models that they buy.

PostHeaderIcon Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models

You know an automaker has a potential gold mine of a car on its hands when it’s already talking about adding variants to a model that just hit the market. That’s the position Kia is in with the Stinger GT, a car that has caught everyone’s attention in all the right ways. It’s no surprise, then, that Kia is already looking into producing different model variants of the Stinger provided that sales and interest in the four-door saloon remain strong.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.

Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.

Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

PostHeaderIcon Kia’s Updated Sedona is Pretty Much About Revised Options and a New Transmission

The Kia Sedona is a decent minivan – there’s no doubt about that. But, Kia’s idea of updating the Sedona is nothing short of laughable. First, Kia did update the front fascia to be more in line with its current lineup, but outside of that, the only good thing that comes outside aside from new wheels are redesigned exterior lights. If you want LED headlamps you need to pony up for the higher trim levels while you have to jump up to the EX if you want the new power sliding door button. Outside of a new instrument cluster inside, the interior only sees updates on the options list while under the metal there’s a new transmission that’s supposed to be more efficient.

PostHeaderIcon The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles

The new Kia K900 caused a divide here at Top Speed headquarters. Some of us liked the way it looked, but some of us were less thrilled about.
By contrast, everyone agreed that the Genesis G70 was designed like a proper luxury sedan. There lies the (perceived) divide between the two saloons. When it comes to all-around design, the G70 takes the cake over the K900.

PostHeaderIcon The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia’s Mighty Sports Sedan

First introduced just last year at the Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger GT pretty much singlehandedly upended our perception of the South Korean brand’s sporting intentions thanks to its attractive five-door liftback exterior and competitive powertrain spec. Now it looks like Kia is jumping on the special edition bandwagon with the release of the Stinger GT Atlantica, which “celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered.” Standout upgrades include new paint and larger wheel designs outside, as well as Nappa leather upholstery for the cabin.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon The new Kia K900 is here to make you forget about the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series

Once known for affordable and not-so-great vehicles for emerging markets, Kia has developed into a full-blown automaker that covers many segments in the world’s most important markets. In recent years, Kia also took a couple of big steps into the premium market by upping the ante in the fit-and-finish department and by offering increasingly better equipment lines. In 2013, Kia decided to join the full-size luxury market with the K900, which was just redesigned into the second generation. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Motor Show, the new K900 boasts improvements in just about any department and looks the part even when compared to German competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

PostHeaderIcon Kia K900

The Kia K900 was launched in 2012 as the company’s most luxurious flagship sedan ever. Designed to replace the Amanti, a four-door which had moderate success in the U.S., the K900 brought Kia closer to its goal: to provide a solid competitor for the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. After almost six years on the market, the K900 was redesigned from the ground up, and it will cross the pond to the U.S. at the 2018 New York Motor Show in April.

Already previewed on its home market in South Korea, the new K900 looks significantly more modern than its predecessor. And, although it sports the brand’s current design language, it also boasts a few styling features of its own. It looks like Kia wants the K900 to stand out in the lineup, which is a good strategy in a market where sedans from different segments share too many features. Most details about this car are still under wraps as of this writing, but a leaked brochure gives us a good look at its design and some information from the drivetrain department. Let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the sedan in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia K900.

2019 Kia K900 Exterior

  • Unique design cues
  • Massive “tiger nose” grille
  • LED headlamps and taillights
  • Classy, subdued profile
  • New wheels
  • The most elegant Kia ever

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“The new sedan brings together familiar Kia styling elements and a series of features that are unique to this model”

There aren’t many photos of the new K900 available as of this writing, but the shots revealed in South Korea are enough to get a good idea of what to expect. Redesigned on a clean sheet of paper, the new sedan brings together familiar Kia styling elements and a series of features that are unique to this model. Up front, we can see the already iconic “tiger nose” grille, but in a somewhat different form on this model. Wider and taller than on any other model, it also has a unique mesh with fine horizontal and vertical, but at the same time curved, wires. The outgoing model has a honeycomb-like mesh, while the Cadenza has vertical slats. This new grille gives the K900 a more upscale look.

The headlamps were redesigned too. While the outgoing model’s lamps are similar to those of other sedans in the lineup, the new four-door sports smaller headlamps. The reduction in size was somewhat necessary given the extremely wild grille, but Kia also opted to keep things simple and classy, as the lamps don’t extend too much into the fenders. They also have a unique LED layout, with two U-shaped strips looking as if they’re floating below the main lights. The bumper section is clean and simple and includes a three-piece intake configuration that keeps the front end looking clean and elegant.


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“The profile design is now cleaner, and the beltline was moved above the door handles”

A lot has changed on the sides too. The design is now cleaner and the beltline was move above the door handles. This removes the K900 from the old car-design cliche and gives it a unique look among the German sedans. Kia also deleted the vents on the front fenders and redesigned the chrome trim above the side skirts, which now become narrower toward the rear. There’s a redesigned quarter window too, with a sportier design due to the more angular trim on the D-pillar. The latter is also shorter, which gives the new K900 a slightly longer decklid. But the four-door retains much of the fastback layout of its predecessor.

Like everything else, the rear section is much cleaner. The big two-piece taillights have been replaced by smaller units that no longer extend into the trunklid. Their shape mimics that of the headlamps and also include U-shaped LED bars. While the big chrome strip that ran across the entire width of the rear fascia is gone on this model, the taillights have a thin chrome surround that maintains the premium look. A new chrome bar was added to the bumper, just above the rectangular exhaust pipes and the diffuser-like element.

Overall, the new K900 looks fresh and stands out more in the Kia lineup. This is a good thing for the flagship model, as it finally has the proper stance for a range-topping model.

2019 Kia K900 Interior

  • Roomy cabin
  • Premium features
  • Two-tone layout
  • Big infotainment screen
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Leather upholstery

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“Thanks to the horizontally oriented features of the dash, the K900’s interior looks wider now”

The current K900 gained a lot of praise for its interior. Not only spacious for all passengers, it also comes with great value for the buck, featuring all the cool tech you get in the German sedans for a lower price. What’s more, it looks as premium as they get and despite being a few years old, it’s not yet dated. Thankfully, the new K900 takes everything up a notch and moves Kia farther up the luxury ladder.

Thanks to the horizontally oriented features of the dash, the K900’s interior looks wider now, which also makes it seem roomier. The cabin is likely wider by a couple of inches, which isn’t all that much, but it looks as if you have all the space in the world. The wide center console helps too and contributes to the generous elbow room. The dashboard boasts a two-tone finish with classy brown leather on the upper side and cream hide on the lower section. Between them there’s brown wood veneer that runs the entire width of the dash. The same layout trickles into the door panels, which look classier than before, especially with the polished handles and the aluminum cover of the sound system speakers.


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“The dashboard boasts a two-tone finish with classy brown leather on the upper side and cream hide on the lower section”

The steering wheel is also wrapped in brown leather and features wood trim that matches the dashboard. The instrument cluster behind it is fully digital. Speaking of that, there’s a big infotainment display on the dashboard, while the center stack remains relatively clean. The wide A/C vents in the middle section are complemented by an analogue watch. The light-colored seats seem to be comfortable and offer decent bolstering.

There isn’t much information about convenience features, but the leaked brochure mentions a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, a smart trunk lid, amplitude-controlled damping, Kia’s Navigation 2.0 system, a 14-speaker sound system, and UV protection for the windows.

2019 Kia K900 Performance

  • Three engine options
  • 3.3-liter V-6 with 296 horsepower
  • 3.8-liter V-6 with 329 horsepower
  • 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower
  • Eight-speed automatic gearbox
  • Updated suspension
  • Optional AWD

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“Based on specs from the leaked brochure, the engines are carried over from the previous generation”

U.S. drivetrain specifications are still a mystery as of this writing, but the Korean model will hit the local market with three different engines. And based on specs from the leaked brochure, the engines are carried over from the previous generation. The range begins with a 3.3-liter V-6 mill that’s rated at 296 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. This is the same rating as the outgoing K900.

Next up is the bigger, 3.8-liter V-6, which cranks out 329 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of twist. Finally, the range-topping model uses the 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet. All models are equipped with Hyundai’s eight-speed automatic transmission as before. All-wheel-drive is optional for the V-6 models and likely standard on the V-8. Expect the U.S. market to get only the top V-8 model only.

It may be somewhat disappointing that the new K900 doesn’t come with power upgrades, but it should get updates in other departments. A tweaked chassis and a revised suspension should give it better dynamics. But given that the new sedan is some 100 pounds heavier than the old model, more powerful drivetrains would have been necessary. But we’ll draw a proper conclusion once we have all the data.

2019 Kia K900 Prices


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No U.S. pricing information yet and we won’t get any until the sedan debuts at the New York Auto Show, but we do have Korean prices to talk about. The new K900 will start from the equivalent of $48,000 on the local market, while the 3.8-liter V-6 will bump the sticker to around $54,000. The V-8-powered version will come in at around $80,000 before options. For reference, the current 3.8-liter V-6 model starts from $49,900, while the V-8 retails from $61,900 in the U.S. There’s quite the big gap between the old and new V-8 cars, but the figures above are simple conversions at the current rates, so they’re not exactly relevant.

2019 Kia K900 Competition

Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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Introduced in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class was for many years the most advanced vehicle in this niche. Now that both BMW and Audi have brand-new flagship sedans on offer, the S-Class is no longer that far ahead, but it remains one of the most innovative vehicles on the full-size market. Facelifted for the 2018 model year, the S-Class remains mostly unchanged on the outside, as upgrades only include a new grille, larger front bumper intakes, new LED taillights, and 20-inch wheels. The interior was carried over mostly unchanged too, but Mercedes added a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons, an upgraded infotainment system, large 12.3-inch displays, and Drive Pilot, which turns the S-Class into a semi-autonomous vehicle. Two drivetrains are available. The S450 model uses a biturbo, 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the S560 gets its juice from a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 with 463 horses and 516 pound-feet of twist. Pricing starts from $89,900 for the V-6 model and from $99,900 for the V-8 version.

Read our full review of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

BMW 7 Series


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The Bimmer is a much newer proposition, as it was launched for the 2017 model year. Although far from revolutionary, the 7 Series feels fresh design-wise and has a sportier stance compared to its predecessor. Inside, it’s available with the finest materials and trim ranging from wood to aluminum, while the panoramic roof comes standard. Tech includes the iDrive 5.0 with touch display and Gesture Control, a removable seven-inch tablet for rear-seat occupants, and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond sound system. It’s also semi-autonomous thanks to a wide array of driving assist features. Just like the K900 and S-Class, the 7 Series is powered by six- and eight-cylinder engines in the U.S. The base 740i model uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, while the 4.4-liter V-8 in the 750i generates 445 horses and 480 pound-feet. The 7 Series is also significantly more expensive than the K900. While the 740i starts from $83,100, the 750i fetches $96,400 before options.

Read our full story on the 2018 BMW 7 Series.

Audi A8


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Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Audi A8 is the newest full-size sedan in this comparison. The much-needed update brought the flagship model in line with the rest of the Audi lineup, featuring more angular lines, a bigger grille up front, and an overall sportier stance. Much like the 7 Series, it’s an evolution of the outgoing model, but the design improvements are obvious. The cabin is nothing to write home about in terms of design, mostly because it’s too clean and subtle compared to its rivals, but the tech package is impressive and turns the sedan into a semi-autonomous lounge on wheels. Various engine options are available globally, starting with a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 340 horsepower. The bigger 4.0-liter V-8 cranks out an impressive 460 horsepower, but you also have two diesels to choose from. The 3.0 V-6 TDI comes with 286 horsepower, while the 4.0 V-8 TDI generates 435 horses. U.S. pricing is not yet available, but expect the new A8 to cost in excess of $80,000 in base trim.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi A8.

Conclusion


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It’s obviously too early for a conclusion with so many official details still missing, but the new K900 seems to be a significant improvement over the outgoing model. Unfortunately, not the same can be said about the seemingly identical drivetrains, but needless to say, the V-6 and V-8 engines pack enough oomph to give the competition a run for the money. The only downside that remains is the badge. While Kia is doing its best to climb as much as possible on the luxury ladder, the Korean badge lacks the prestige you get from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Changing this is probably Kia’s most difficult mission right now, but the new K900 will definitely take the company closer to its goal.

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    • * Lacks the prestige of the German badges

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Releases First Official Photos of the New K900 ; Audi and BMW Execs Should Tremble in Fear

A new-comer to the premium segment, Kia isn’t the kind of automaker you think about when talking about full-size cars. But the Korean maker has been offering big sedans since the 1990s, when it made its own version of the Mazda Luce and Sentia, sold as the Potentia and Enterprise, respectively. Kia’s very own design came in 2003 as the Opirus, which was sold in the U.S. as the Amanti, with surprisingly good results. But the brand made a significant step up the premium ladder in 2012, when it introduced the K900. Also known as the K9 and Quoris in other markets, the K900 became the company’s first real competitor for German big boys like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Come 2018, and the second-generation model is underway for an official unveiling at the New York Auto Show. And man it sure looks hot!

Unique, Upscale Design


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“The sedan was obviously redesigned from the ground up on the outside, and it looks way better than the outgoing model”

There are no official details about the car just yet, but the photos published by Kia on its Korean website give us a good idea of what we’ll be seeing in New York. The sedan was obviously redesigned from the ground up on the outside, and it looks way better than the outgoing model. It has a cleaner, more upscale design, but it also boasts an array of unique features in the Kia lineup. Sure, the grille is still based on the brand’s “tiger nose” design, but it’s larger than anything else we’ve seen before, and the mesh is unique to this model. The headlamps are quite fancy too thanks to those new LED strips that seem to float under the lens.

The rear is actually a bit bland for a luxury car, but I don’t really mind the subdued stance. The taillights mimic the headlamps in terms of shape, size, and LED layout, but the chrome trim gives them a premium look. The profile suggests a full-fledged flagship sedan, but the fastback-like rear end and the short decklid adds a touch of sportiness.

Leather-packed Interior


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“The interior looks ready to compete with the big guns from BMW and Audi.”

The interior looks ready to compete with the big guns from BMW and Audi. The presentation models come with a two-tone cabin in cream and brown, as well as big pieces of wood veneer on the dashboard, door panels, and center console. A very classy layout. The clean center stack includes an analog watch, but the instrument cluster seems digital. The heated steering is not only wrapped in leather, but features wood trim as well. A big display sits atop the center stack, and it probably includes Kia’s latest infotainment system.

Three Engines


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“Korean specs include three different engines for the new K900.”

Korean specs include three different engines for the new K900. It’s not yet known whether all three options will come to the U.S., but we could get at least two. The lineup kicks off with the 3.3-liter V-6 rated at 296 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. A bigger 3.8-liter V-6 cranks out 329 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of twist. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive is optional. Finally, the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 unit pumps 419 horses and 376 pound-feet in the range-topping model.

In South Korea, the new K900 starts from around $48,000 in base spec but upgrading to the biggest V-6 bumps the sticker to around $54,000. The V-8-powered version comes in at around $81,000 before options. These figures will probably change a bit in North America, so stay tuned for updates.

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Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior
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Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior


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Kia’s Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What’s To Come.


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PostHeaderIcon Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior

Fresh off of teasing the flagship K900’s exterior, Kia is following up with a teaser sketch of the interior. Slowly but surely, we’re getting a clearer idea of what the K900 has to offer. From where we stand, it looks like the Kia K900 is going to be more than just a novelty flagship; it has the chops to be a legitimate contender in the luxury space segment.


Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior
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“Arguably the most prominent feature of the cabin is the wide central screen that Kia says measures 12.3 inches.”

Kia’s got a nice one in its hands, doesn’t it? That’s the prevailing sentiment we’re getting after the Korean automaker released this new sketch of the luxury sedan’s interior. Our first impression is that the interior looks relatively restrained. That’s actually a good thing because luxury interiors are supposed to be decidedly less flashy on the surface. It’s in the subtle details where they stand out. Arguably the most prominent feature of the cabin is the wide central screen that Kia says measures 12.3 inches. The display itself is long enough that it almost touches the opposite ends of the two A/C vents.

Just behind it, you’ll see a full-width strip of wood that extends all the way to the doors. There’s your luxury touch right there. Even the steering wheel and the gear shift surround get their share of the wood trim. The latter is noticeable, too, because of the presence of an infotainment jog dial and a series of buttons arranged neatly on its base.


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“For what that’s worth, established brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz might need to keep an eye on the Kia K900.”

Most of the interior surface appears to be covered in fine leather, though that’s not at all surprising. What we can’t see from this sketch are the tech features. Kia says that the digital screen has gesture control capabilities. The cabin also has an “intelligent lighting system.” We don’t necessarily know what that entails, but the automaker said that it’s a sophisticated mood lighting system that helps the driver and passenger get the feeling of being snuggly wrapped around the leather interior. Chromotherapy is one of the system’s mood lighting system, but there are more modes to choose from.

Overall, the cabin looks understated yet comfortable. It doesn’t scream off the sketch like the interiors from other luxury cars we’ve seen recently. It’s a nice complement to the car’s graceful exterior looks. For what that’s worth, established brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz might need to keep an eye on the Kia K900. There’s more to it than meets the eye.

References

Kia K900


***Newyork Auto Show*** Kia K900 - image 773068

Kia’s Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What’s To Come.


2015 - 2016 Kia K900 - image 657647

Read our full review on the current 2017 Kia K900.


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Read more New York Auto Show news.


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