A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Kia took the covers off its newest K900 in their homeland in South Korea. Now, the automaker does the same for the North American model at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The automaker claims that this model will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2018, and pricing details will be revealed as we come closer to the launch date.
New K900 just made its debut in the United States, looking pretty much like its South Korean sibling, where the sedan carries the name K9. The design is quite conservative and it maintains a traditional three box shape, and it seems to not want to move towards the sleeker, coupe inspired elements like that in many modern sedans.
The new grille is one thing that Kia is quite proud of, featuring a wavy mesh with 176 cells. Apparently, this design was made to release energy moving away from its center, similar to how ripples in water move away from the impact of a splash. The poetic concept is not very obvious when looking at the real thing though.
When you check out the K900’s cabin, one could definitely feel the sense of luxury in here. Buyer can opt for a 20-way adjustable driver seat that includes width adjusting bolsters and shoulder adjustments. The chair’s quilted design also invokes the spirit of clothing worn by Korean kings. Rear passengers can also be just as comfy because of the 12-way adjustable rear seat beside the driver, and 14-way adjustments for the back passengers. Both front and rear seats get heating and ventilation as well.
Moreover, you will be greeted by a number of high tech amenities too. This includes a 12.3 inch infotainment screen that takes up the top of the center stack. This can even be complemented by another 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster.
There will also be an available 9.7 inch head up display that shows a lot of information for the driver. The driver assistance suite then adds useful features such as a 360 degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. What’s also cool is that it can monitor the driver for signs of drowsiness and fatigue.
Under the hood of the US spec K9 will be the 3.3 liter biturbo V6 from the Stinger. This can produce as much power as the Korean spec’s V6 - 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 376 pound feet (510 Newton metres) of torque.
Just so you know, the Korean version will also be available with a V8 engine. For all models, the K9 will only have an eight speed automatic gearbox that sends power to a torque vectoring all wheel drive system. It generally sends 80 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, but is also possible to do a 50-50 front-rear split depending on the situation.