Kia is showcasing at the Los Angeles Auto Show the K900 rear-wheel drive flagship luxury sedan, after a preview disclosed in October.
Kia is showcasing at the Los Angeles Auto Show the K900 rear-wheel drive flagship luxury sedan, after a preview released in October.
Aiming at the big boys in this segment (S-Class, 7-Series, A8), Kia's range-topping full-size model has a 119.9-inch wheelbase borrowed from the Hyundai Equus from which it has also taken the 63.8-inch front and 64.1-inch rear tracks. Design-wise, the K900 looks (as expected) like a more premium version of the Cadenza and perhaps it would look even better if it had less chrome applications.
It will be offered with an entry-level V6 3.8-liter Lamba engine producing 311 bhp (232 kW) or with an optional beefier V8 5.0-liter Tau generating 420 bhp (313 kW). Both of them are coupled to a newly developed eight-speed transmission sending output to the rear axle.
Kia has equipped the K900 with a five-link fully independent front and rear suspension and standard 18-inch alloys for the V6 model whereas the V8 gets larger 19-inch wheels. Also standard for the eight-cylinder model are adaptive LED headlights comprising of 16 LED bulbs, together with positioning lamps, fog lights, turn signal indicators and taillights that adopt the same technology.
Step inside the cabin and you will find a three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel which is also heated on select versions. Upper-spec variants get a 16-way power adjustable driver's seat while a 900-watt Lexicon sound system is standard and comes with 17 speakers, 12-channel digital amplifier mounted in the trunk, together with an inverted subwoofer positioned in the rear parcel shelf.
Also as standard equipment are front and rear park assist sensors and camera, with the V8-powered model also getting the company’s first ever Rear Cross Traffic Alert system. Other technologies available include a lane departure warning system, radar-based Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Kia's first use of the Advanced Vehicle Safety Management.
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