Kia has announced the 2016 K900 will be offered with a new 3.8-liter V6 engine in the United States.

Kia has announced the 2016 K900 will be offered with a new 3.8-liter V6 engine in the United States.

Set to go on sale shortly, the new entry-level variant has 311 bhp (231 kW) and 293 lb-ft (396 Nm) of torque.  The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.  In terms of efficiency, the model returns 17 mpg city / 26 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined.

Besides the new engine, the 2016 K900 features a number of styling tweaks including a revised grille, a new rear bumper and modified tailpipes.  The car also has new taillights, additional chrome trim and restyled 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels.  Lastly, there's a new Smart Power Trunk that automatically opens when the key fob is sensed near the deck lid for more than three seconds.

The interior largely carries over but there's an improved navigation system with a 9.2-inch display.  The model also features new UVO Luxury Services which will enable owners to remotely start/stop the engine, control the climate control system and lock/unlock doors via the UVO app on their smartphone.

The entry-level K900 will be priced from $49,000 which makes it significantly cheaper than the 2015 model that started at $54,500.  Unfortunately, getting V8 performance won't come cheap as that particular variant now starts at $61,900.

Note: Pricing excludes destination and handling charges

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