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The K900 is closer in size to a BMW 7-series than it is to a 5-series, and at $66,400 for the V-8 model, it’s priced in the vicinity of a 550i.
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Every relevant creature comfort and safety feature we can think of is included in this harbinger of Kia’s future.
Indeed it does have all those luxury features you find on competitors, from LED headlights and napa leather seats to a full-length panoramic sunroof and 900-watt, 17-speaker sound system.
Many of the K900's convenience and safety features will come standard and not only reinforce Kia's priority on exceptional value, but also justify an anticipated base price around $50,000.
Not all the details are available just yet on standard and optional features found in the various models of the 2015 Kia K900. At the initial media drive event, Kia had only the highest-spec version, the V-8-engineed VIP model, and the company said it would provide more complete details closer to the time the various models arrive at dealers—with the V-8 models coming first by the end of March 2014.
The lineup includes a base model with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine, a V-6 Premium trim level above it, and then the 420-hp V-8 model, with a V-8 VIP Package as the very top model in the range—and the only one to be priced so far, with an MSRP of $65,500. There’s also a V-6 Technology Package that includes some of the higher-trim features as well.
All models have a mix of luxury and technology standard features. The technology ranges from LED headlights with 4 LEDs per beam on each side to powered and heated rear-view mirrors with automatic dimming and the indicators for the car’s blind-spot monitors. One nice feature is a credit-card-size proximity key that can be kept in a wallet, considerably smaller than the usual bulky fob with multiple buttons on it.
All models have standard privacy shades on the door, rear-side, and rear windows, and a power trunklid. In the rear compartment—one of the K900’s strengths—the outboard seating positions have multi-stage heating built in, along with controls for rear-compartment ventilation and for the position of the front passenger’s seat.
The V-6 Premium and standard V-8 model shave a 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support; the V-6 Premium and both V-8 models feature a lane-departure warning system. Adaptive cruise control is offered within the V-6 Technology Package, and as part of the V-8 VIP Package. All V-8 models have a full-length panoramic glass roof with a power retractable sunshade.
The top-of-the-line VIP Package, fitted to the V-8 cars offered for media testing during the launch drive, includes a driver’s seat with 16-way power adjustment, a power adjustable headrest, and a lower cushion extender (it will also be part of the V-6 Technology Package). In the rear, individually reclining seats with multi-stage heating and cooling include power lumbar supports and adjustable headrests. In the dash, a 12.3-inch thin-film touchscreen monitor replaces the standard 9.8-inch display fitted to standard K900 models.
The 2015 Kia K900 offers a comprehensive set of features at a reasonable price, but little that's distinctive in the segment.