Kia Takes Luxury to the Next Level With the 2019 K900

Seems like the success of the Stinger GT has inspired Kia to push further into the premium-sedan territory. This time, it wants to reinvigorate its slow-selling flagship K900 with the second generation that promises a radical improvement over the previous one.

With the 2019 K900 revealed at the 2018 New York Motor Show, Kia is eager to escape to the next level of luxury in an attempt to change consumers’ perception about the South Korean brand’s not-so-high luxury standard. Kia is trying to get attention with the new K900 as much as it did with the Stinger, or even more.

The combined hard work of Kia’s design studios from both South Korea and California is what resulted in the new look of the K900. Built on a new platform, the full-size sedan is a bit wider and longer compared to its predecessor. It also sports a big tiger nose grille with 176 jewel-like cells at the front. The headlights and taillights has a new duplex design that adds a charismatic impression on the car.

Meanwhile, the interior offers a soft atmosphere for both driver and passengers. There are elements of luxury like metallic veneers and open pore matte wood which has four options: Walnut, Brown Olive Ash, Beige Olive Ash, and Engineered Wood. The K900 also has more soft leather wrapping its interior surfaces.

The neat and minimalist dashboard features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with the the exclusive UVO luxe1 system. Another screen measuring the same size is no other than the digital instrument cluster which shows different graphics for each of the four different drive modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, or Custom. In addition, there’s the Maurice Lacroix analog clock mounted bellow the screens.

Under the hood, the 2019 Kia K900 is defined by a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 365 HP and 509 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that is rear biased and electronically controlled based on road conditions.

The full-size sedan is expected to hit U.S showrooms in the second quarter of 2018. No pricing information has been revealed yet, but The K900 should cost less than its competitors like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.