The photo you see above is your first glimpse of the 2019 Kia K900 — the second era of the Korean automaker’s full-size flagship sedan. If Kia’s fortunate, it gained’t be your final time seeing it.
Bought abroad because the K9 or Quoris, the primary-gen mannequin appeared on U.S. shores in early 2014 with Hyundai Equus underpinnings, rear-wheel motivation, a selection of V6 and V8 engine, and LeBron James as a spokesman. Gross sales crested the two,500-unit mark in 2015 earlier than falling to 455 in 2017. Like Bigfoot, the K900 is giant and infrequently noticed.
Kia hopes to change that with the brand new mannequin.
Scheduled for a debut at both the Geneva Motor Present in March or the New York Auto Present in April, the 2019 K900 goes on sale within the second quarter of this yr.
Boasting what Kia describes as “refined exterior design, easy efficiency and a spacious cabin distinguished by luxurious supplies and stylish styling,” the subsequent-gen K900 will add new driver help features and luxury in an effort, like earlier than, to place itself as a worth chief within the luxurious phase.
I’ve already said why I really feel a second-gen K900 is a pointless endeavor for Kia, at the least in North America, so it’s not mandatory to rekindle the argument.
Because the Equus is lengthy gone, new bones are so as, and the brand new K900 is predicted to make use of the Genesis G90’s platform. There’s no cause why Kia wouldn’t borrow its powertrains, both. Having pushed the G90, the Genesis’ attributes stand to right the criticisms levelled on the earlier K900: specifically, numb steering and an excessively tender experience. Whereas nonetheless skinny on the bottom, the G90 felt completely refined, with a clean, managed experience and ample energy from its three.three-liter twin-turbocharged V6.
That engine makes a remarkably hushed 365 horsepower, 34 greater than the primary-gen K900’s three.eight-liter unit. Torque grows by eighty three lb-ft to 376. A naturally aspirated 5.zero-liter V8 makes 420 hp and 383 lb-ft, with each engines making use of an eight-velocity automated.
Whereas the mannequin’s lengthy, excessive character line is analogous to that of the G90, the pictured K900’s roofline is much less formal, with a decrease nostril containing what we assume is company Kia grille. The taillights appear to be a mix of Genesis and Mercedes-Benz.
Whereas the brand new K900 looks like a good way to cannibalize G90 gross sales, Kia apparently feels it’s essential to have a range-topping sedan positioned above the brand new-for 2018 Stinger. Two new rear-drive sedans from Kia in a single yr. The thoughts reels.
[Image: Kia Motors]
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