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2019 Kia K900 Debuts, Does Its Damndest to Get Noticed

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“Hey, what are you doing with my car?”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I assumed this was my Kia K900.”

That’s the scene Kia Motors needs to see play out in parking tons throughout America, now that the second era of the model’s flagship has seen the highlight on the New York Worldwide Auto Present.

On sale later this yr, the 2019 K900 — which sounds just like the identify of a Soviet submarine — goals to appeal to the consumers its predecessor lacked via understated fashion, piles of luxurious features, engaging interior fittings, and improved driving dynamics. Kia’s an everlasting optimist, we’ll give it that.

Regardless of a full-size sedan phase that appears to be nicely on its method to oblivion, Kia isn’t about to abandon it simply but. The automaker needs to be remembered for constructing an all-round good luxurious car, not only a respectable luxurious car with a mushy suspension. Prime-down change was so as.

For 2019, the K900 adopts the model’s “Gravity of Status” design ethos, a time period that makes this writer think of Charles de Gaulle.

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Now sporting “duplex” headlamps flanking a “Quadric sample” grille and a smoother, tauter-wanting profile, the K900 is barely longer and wider than the primary-era mannequin. Previously a rear-drive car, Kia determined the K900 ought to go all-wheel drive completely. So, it has. Sending energy to all 4 wheels is identical three.three-liter twin-turbo V6 discovered beneath the hood of the Kia Stinger GT and automobiles bought by the Genesis model. Gone is the non-compulsory 5.zero-liter V8, however few will thoughts. Output of the graceful V6 is a strong 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, managed by an eight-velocity automated.

These wanting to get probably the most out of the car’s rear-biased AWD and stiffer structure can choose from 4 drive modes (Consolation, Eco, Sport or Customized), however we’ve acquired a hunch most drivers will select what’s behind door primary.

Inside, Nappa leather-based fills the cabin, with consumers selecting from one in every of 4 open pore wooden trims. Some timber have been harmed within the making of this sedan. Sound comes by means of a 17-speaker Harman Kardon/Lexicon audio system that Kia claims is its strongest to date.

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The touchscreen can’t be missed — it’s a 12.three-inch unit spanning the highest of the middle stack. A customizable digital instrument panel of the identical width awaits drivers who examine that choice field, and there’s an out there 9.7 inch head up show (HUD) for those who’re actually on the lookout for information overload. Smack dab between the entrance seat occupants is a Maurice Lacroix-designed analog clock with Roman numerals, good for making a timeless ambiance.

Driver help features span the gamut, with ahead and rear emergency braking among the many many safety aids. Suffice it to say, this rig comes off the road pretty loaded. We gained’t know the pricing till nearer to its on-sale date.

Kia needs to attraction to consumers who recognize street manners and discount appointments, not simply the latter. The model performs up the brand new K900’s roadholding prowess and its efforts to banish NHV points. Having pushed the second-gen K900’s Genesis G90 platform mate, this writer can attest to that mannequin’s high quality and experience — it’s a rattling good car. Whether or not consumers take discover stays to be seen.

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