|Kia Motors has introduced the new K900 rear-drive sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which started 22 November. The new Kia K900 is specially for the U.S. market and marks the brand’s twentieth anniversary in 2014 in the North American market. Kia variants such as the Optima, Sorento and Cadenza have been well received in the States, thanks to the Korean marque’s rising brand profile and value proposition.|
The first glance of the K900 is designed to leave an indelible impression. At the front-end, the signature ‘Tiger’ grille is retained, along new added elements like chrome halo surrounds, dark chrome inner elements, airflow-smoothing underbody panels and adaptive LED headlights (V8 Kia K900). And that’s not all, the multi-faceted headlights on LED frame that houses the lights and foglights are mounted low and at the far corners of the nose for a sleeker look. The long 119.9-inch wheelbase and wide 63.8-inch front and 64.1-inch rear track of the V8 version translate to considerable road presence. In profile, the swept rake of the greenhouse, subdued cut lines along the doors and high rear deck lid lend a muscular tension to the sheet metal.
Exquisitely Kia from front-end to rear: K900
From the rear, the trapezoid LED rearlights blends well with the chrome bezel and the large sedan’s rear deck lid. The bumper is accented with fully integrated dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports that mimic the shape of the rearlights. Lastly, the K900 V8’s standard 19-inch multi-spoke chrome wheels are shod with 245/45R-19 tyres up front and 275/40R-19 tyres at the rear, whereas the V6 is instilled 18-inch wheels and tyres.
Interior-wise, the Kia K900 takes on these highlights; three-spoke leather-wrapped steering with switches (heated for higher-end models), leather with Nappa, genuine white sycamore or dark charcoal poplar-wood trims, 12-way adjustable driver’s seat and up to 16-way adjustable for the top flight K900 V8 VIP, heat and ventilation front seat, outboard rear seats, rear window sunshade, and panoramic roof. The top flight Kia K900 V8 VIP is incorporated with a 12.3 LCD touch screen, the largest ever in a Kia vehicle, and a HUD (Head-up Display); the first in a Kia vehicle. The HUD provides these driver’s information: vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation, Blind Spot Detection System and Lane Departure Warning System alerts.
First-class in-car entertainment comes standard in the form of a 900-watt Lexicon high-fidelity audio system with 17 speakers, the most powerful and advanced system ever offered by Kia. Standard infotainment features include Bluetooth hands free connectivity, HD Radio, three-month complimentary Sirius/XM satellite programming along with AUX and USB ports conveniently accessed through a soft-close genuine wood-covered panel in the center console.
There are two newer engine options for the 2015 Kia K900 large sedan, a V8 engine and a 3.8-liter V6. The V8 5.0-liter GDI D-CVVT, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, produces 420 horsepower and an almost equivalent torque. The V6 offers 311 hp with the similar GDI D-CVVT and 8-speed transmission powertrain, and the V6 engine in the K900 is the most powerful V6 of all the Kia variants.
An advanced five-link fully independent front and rear suspension soaks up road imperfections while also managing to communicate what’s happening at each corner. The rear-drive layout of the K900 encourages spirited driving, and the solid chassis, comprised of 75 percent high and ultra-high tensile strength steel, utilizes advanced manufacturing methods that result in a body shell with exceptional strength and torsional rigidity.
Kia K900: Advanced safety and first-time features
Safety features are aplenty on the Kia K900, such as park sensors and cameras, Kia’s first Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system for the V8 version, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Around View Monitor system (V8 VIP), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), and the Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM) for the first time.