Kia's known for its economy cars, and even for its mid-size Optima sedan--but luxury? That's an unknown, at least until next year, when the South Korean automaker adds a hulking luxury sedan to its lineup.
With the K900, Kia leapfrogs its Cadenza full-size sedan and digs into the market segment rife with world-class cars like the E-Class, 5-Series, and even the XJ. There's also the Hyundai Equus, which not so coincidentally, the K900 shares its architecture.
There's one key difference between the Equus and the K900, however. The Hyundai luxosedan is V-8 only; Kia's lineup-topping four-door opens with a V-6 with 311 horsepower. The V-8 is an option: it's worth 420 horsepower. Both engines team up with an eight-speed automatic.
The K900 has a 119.9-inch wheelbase and is about 64 inches wide. That enables a sybaritic rear seat with heating, ventilation, reclining and massaging functions entertained by twin LCD monitors and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system
As for handling, the K900 rides on 19-inch rims with 245/45 size tires in the front and 275/40 in the rear.
Safety features include adaptive LED headlights, lane-departure and blind-sport warning systems, active cruise control and a camera-based around-view monitor. Infotainment and connectivity features include Bluetooth, HD RadioTM and Sirius/XM satellite programming (with a three-month subscription).
The 2015 Kia K900 hits dealers early in 2014, with base prices expected in the high $50,000 range. You can find out more about the new luxury sedan in our video preview here--or at our 2015 Kia K900 preview.
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