With all the focus on the Kia Stinger, you’ve probably forgotten about Kia’s flagship sedan, the K900. Well Kia has unveiled the 2019 Kia K900 today at the New York Auto Show, which seeks to set a new standard for luxury and hopefully get more attention than before.
The second generation 2019 Kia K900 is wrapped in a more sophisticated exterior that Kia hopes will appeal to more buyers. It’s no secret that sales of the first generation K900 didn’t exactly take off. To design the 2019 K900, Kia reached out to its design teams in both South Korea and California.
The 2019 K900 is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor and at the front it features a new “Quadric pattern” grille with 176 jewel-like cells. The duplex headlights are also influenced by the trajectory of light, while the hood features a “floating” design that is meant to a emphasize the length, volume and balanced proportions of the car. The rear of the K900 features duplex taillights that are similar to the headlights.
Overall the design of the 2019 K900 isn’t a stand out, like the Stinger, but instead it’s more sophisticated and luxurious.
Inside the K900 shines with luxurious materials like metal veneers and open pore matte wood. Soft leather also covers more surfaces than before and the dash features an uncluttered minimalistic design. At the center of the dash there’s a 12.3-inch Human Machine Interface touchscreen that displays maps, trip information, audio sources and climate controls. A second 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also optional that displays different graphics based on the selected drive mode: Comfort, Eco, Sport or Custom.
The 2019 Kia K900 is powered by a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 that generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque. The V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard full-time Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive system is rear biased, but up to 50 percent of torque can be sent to the front wheels. In Sport mode up to 80 percent of the power can be sent to the rear.
The 2019 Kia K900 will arrive in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2018.